Mika Newton sang of an “Angel” at Eurovision as Ukraine’s representative in 2011. Now the singer has focused a light on those in her country who need such care and guardianship by appearing at the 2022 Grammy Awards.
The star performed with American singer John Legend as he premiered his new single “Free”.
Mika Newton and John Legend support Ukraine at the Grammys
Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, was given the opportunity to speak at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony via a video message. He hoped to gain more international support for Ukraine as the country continues to fight Russia’s invasion.
This speech was followed by a performance from John Legend, Mika Newton, Ukrainian poet Lyuba Yakimchuk and instrumentalist Siuzanna Igidan. Performing Legend’s new song “Free”, the artists shined a light on the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Ukraine.
Photos of refugees were shown at the end, whilst a message asking for donations was also shared.
It was an honor to perform FREE tonight along with Lyuba Yakimchuk, Siuzanna Iglidan, Mika Newton, and our incredible choir. pic.twitter.com/7zYHep1mJG— John Legend (@johnlegend) April 4, 2022
Speaking on her Instagram story, Mika Newton noted she was dedicating the performance to her sister and other Ukrainian soldiers currently fighting:
“I’m dedicating this night to my sister who is serving in the Ukrainian army for 23.5 years. To all the Ukrainian soldiers who are fighting for our country, to all the Brave Ukrainian People!!!! I’m so proud to call myself Ukrainian. I’m with you!”
Meanwhile, in a Twitter thread, John Legend shared details on what inspired “Free”:
“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.
“I know I can’t end any wars with a song, but I had to write this song as my prayer, my contribution to the chorus of voices calling for peace and freedom for all people. I hope each of us can find our own way to contribute to this chorus.
“May we drown out the voices and forces of hate, bigotry and authoritarianism. May we make our world truly FREE.”
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