Grammys Roundup: Ukrainian President Addresses Audience, but Less Politics Overall

Sunday’s 64th Annual Grammy Awards on CBS focused mostly on music instead of politics, with the notable exception of a surprise appearance via video from the president of the Ukraine.

Last year’s Grammy awards show was marred by Black Lives Matter (BLM) propaganda and an inappropriate hypersexualized performance of the song WAP (Wet A** P**sy) by Cardi B. and Megan Thee Stallion.

This year’s Awards Show was far less sexually explicit and politically more low-key. Trevor Noah, left-wing host kept his opening moderately civil. Even acknowledging the state of our economy, he did so. 

“Kicking off tonight from inside M.G.M. Grand Garden Arena is a dynamic duo who are singlehandedly bringing back the ’70s, which might explain all the Inflation,” Noah said while introducing the R&B duo Silk Sonic.

In his intro, he also mentioned the well-known Will Smith jab at the Oscars last Thursday. 

“We’re gonna be listening to some music, we’re gonna be dancing, we’re gonna be singing, we’re gonna be keeping people’s names out of our mouths and we’re gonna be giving out awards all throughout the night,” Noah said. (After slapping Chris Rock, Will Smith twice yelled “Keep my wife’s name out of your f**king mouth.”)

Noah did not use his opening speech to criticize Florida’s anti-grooming laws, unlike the other Oscar hosts. His one reference to an LGBTQUIA agenda only came when he introduced homosexual rapper Lil Nas X, whose video for the song “Call Me By Your Name” includes the rapper engaging in a gay lap dance with the devil.

Noah stated, “He Raps, He Sings, He Breaks Records, He Definitely Upsets Your Homophobic Uncle.”

Hollywood can’t get through an awards show without taking at least one swipe at “deplorables.” Anyone who isn’t cool with Satan-loving, homosexual lap dances by a rapper who made appearances with Sesame Street’s Elmo is just “homophobic.”

The mid-point of the show took a moment to focus on the war in Ukraine and included a speech via video by Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky.

The War. Music is the opposite of music. Music is silence in ruined towns and people who have been killed. Our children are not shooting star-struck rockets. Over 400 children were hurt and 153 people died. They won’t draw again. They are content to be alive, even though they wake up every morning in bomb shelters. We don’t know when we will see each other again. We can’t choose between who lives and who remains in silence forever. Instead of wearing tuxedos, our musicians are equipped with body armor. They sing for the sick. They sing in hospitals. They are even audible to the blind. However, the music will get through. We stand for freedom. To live. To Love. To sound.

Russia is waging war on our country, bringing terror and silence through its bombs. Silence is dead. Your music can fill the silence. Today, fill it. Tell our story. To tell the truth on social media and on television.

We need your support in every way possible. Any — but not silence. Then peace will come to all our cities the war is destroying — Chernihiv, Kharkiv, Volnovakha, Mariupol and others. They are legends already, but I have a dream of them living — and free, free, like you on the Grammy stage.

Zelensky had reportedly been in talks with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to make a video appearance during last week’s broadcast of the Academy Awards, but that idea ultimately didn’t go forward. Truth be told, the president of the war-torn nation addressing a room full of vapid entertainers about such a serious situation as the war in Ukraine felt strangely out of place.

John Legend performed “Free” in a duet with three Ukrainians after his speech. While Legend was a long-time critic of President Donald Trump’s actions, Joe Biden’s weak leadership allowed Russia to choose aggression. 

The Grammy’s weren’t as crappy and messed up this year than it was in years past. The host and presenters chose instead to ditch the hectoring and kept it focused on musical performances. Perhaps the combination of sinking Democrat party poll numbers and low ratings in recent years for awards ceremonies was a wake-up call to this year’s show organizers.

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