Ukrainian musicians performed alongside John Legend at the Grammys his new song FREE, which he wrote days after Russia started the war in Ukraine
Ukrainian President’s speech at Grammys was followed by John Legend’s performance of a new song ‘Free’ alongside Ukrainian musicians Siuzanna Iglidan and Mika Newton and poet Liuba Yakymchuk. During the performance, the images from the war were projected on the screens behind, urging the viewers to support fundraising efforts.
Siuzanna Iglidan is a musician, composer, pianist, and bandura player who hails from Odesa, a Ukrainian city located near the Black Sea. Mika Newton is a Ukrainian singer whose sister is now serving in the Ukrainian Armed Forces. Liuba Yakymchuk is a Ukrainian poet from Donbas who fled Ukraine several days ago.
American singer John Legend said it was an honor to perform his new song FREE, which he wrote a week after the war started, along with Ukrainian artists.
“It can be paralyzing to see war being waged by big nation-states with expensive weapons. I wrote FREE after a week of seeing the horrific images of the senseless, brutal invasion of Ukraine by a regime with no moral justification, no right to kill, dominate and subjugate the Ukrainian people, no right to silence the will of the people in a democratic nation,” said John Legend on his Instagram.