U.S. and Ukrainian performers support Ukraine at Grammy Awards

Ukrainian American musician Siuzanna Iglidan (right) and Ukrainian singer Mika Newton (left) join U.S. artist John Legend April 3 during the 64th Grammy Awards in Las Vegas. (© Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
Ukrainian American musician Siuzanna Iglidan (right) and Ukrainian singer Mika Newton (left) join U.S. artist John Legend April 3 during the 64th Grammy Awards in Las Vegas. (© Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
Ukrainian poet Lyuba Yakimchuk reads a poem at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards. (© Chris Pizzello/AP Images)

Three Ukrainian performers wearing the blue and yellow of Ukraine’s flag joined U.S. artist John Legend during the 64th Grammy Awards on April 3 in Las Vegas.

Ukrainian American musician Siuzanna Iglidan and singer Mika Newton — whose sister is serving in the Ukrainian army — accompanied Legend on a newly released song that includes the lyric, “Rain down freedom until we are all free.”

Iglidan played the bandura, a stringed folk instrument central to Ukraine’s cultural heritage and national identity.

Ukrainian poet Lyuba Yakimchuk joined at the end, finishing with a poem that asked for protection for Ukraine and her family. Yakimchuk escaped Ukraine less than a week before her Grammy appearance.The Grammy Awards showcase outstanding achievement in the music industry and are presented annually by the Recording Academy.

 

 

From left: Mika Newton, John Legend and Siuzanna Iglidan perform onstage April 3 during the 64th Annual Grammy Awards in Las Vegas. (© Rich Fury/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)