April 3 (UPI) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed viewers at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday.
Zelensky spoke about Russia’s invasion of his country and the ongoing conflict before John Legend played “Free.”
“Our musicians wear bulletproof vests instead of tuxedos. They sing for the wounded. In the hospitals. Even for those who cannot heart. But the music will pierce anyway. We defend our freedom. Live. Love . ringing,” he said.
“Our land, we are fighting against Russia, who are bringing horrible silence with their bombs. The silence of death. Fill the silence with your music! Fill it today. To tell our story. Tell the truth about this war on your social media, on TV. Support us in any way you can. Any way, but not silence, and peace will come,” Zelensky continued.
Chris Stapleton took the stage to perform “Cold” during the show. The country star was backed by a full band and orchestra.
Baby Keem and Kendrick Lamar’s “Family Ties” won Best Rap Performance. Ludacris presented the award, which Keem accepted alone.
Hip-hop legend Nas donned an all-white outfit and rapped a tune to his most iconic songs, including “Rare.”
Brandi Carlile performed her song “Right on Time”. Carlile played piano, guitar and was joined by a full band.
Olivia Rodrigo won Best New Artistwhich was presented by Dua Lipa and Meghan Thee Stallion.
Lipa and Meghan The Stallion wore matching outfits until fashion designer Donatella Versace took the stage and made some adjustments.
“It’s my biggest dream come true,” Rodrigo said onstage.
Host Trevor Noah sat down with Silk Sonic and jokingly ignored Bruno Mars while praising Anderson .Paak.
“You are the silk and the sound,” Noah joked to .Paak.
Billie Eilish paid tribute to late Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins by performing his song ‘Happier Than Ever’ inside a flooded house while wearing a Taylor Hawkins t-shirt.
Eilish then finished the rest of the song on the roof of the house as it started to rain where she was joined by her brother and collaborator Finneas.
Hawkins died March 25 at the age of 50. The Foo Fighters were originally scheduled to perform at the awards show.
Stapleton also won Best Country Album for restart and wished her twin children a happy birthday.
Lil Nas X performed a number of tracks including “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” and “Industry Baby” where he was joined by Jack Harlow. The musician had a statue of his face behind him and was donning sparkling, marching band outfit.
BTS gave a special performance of their hit song “Butter.” BTS delivered a spy themed performance of the song and wore matching black suits. The segment played out like an action movie mixed with dance moves.
“Butter” broke multiple music records, including Spotify’s single-day stream chart and fastest music video to reach 200 million views on YouTube.
Silk Sonic opened the show, which airs live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
The group, consisting of Mars and .Paak, performed their song “777” and wore matching white costumes. Silk Sonic made his Grammys debut last year performing “Leave the Door Open.”
Silk Sonic also won Song of the Year for “Leave the Door Open”.
Noah, who is hosting for the second year in a row, took the stage after Silk Sonic’s opening number and poked fun at some of the nominees and the recent Oscar incident where Will Smith slapped Chris Rock.
“We’re going to keep people’s names out of our mouths,” Noah joked, referring to what Smith told Rock.
Rodrigo performed it hit song “Driver’s license” against the backdrop of a dark street. Rodrigo started singing while getting out of a classic Mercedes-Benz.
J Balvin followed Rodrigo and performed “Qué Más Pues?” with Maria Becerra.
Balvin, who wore a red coat, moved on to his Skrillex collab “In Da Getto” while standing on white steps. Balvin was joined by several backup dancers who were seated and using their hands in a very choreographed fashion.
Other artists will include John Legend, Carrie Underwood, Jon Batiste, Brothers Osborne, Cynthia Erivo, HER, Leslie Odom Jr., Ben Platt and Rachel Zegler.