The Grammys will feature a special segment drawing attention to the war in Ukraine.
The Recording Academy, which hosts the annual awards ceremony, has partnered with the organization Global Citizen for the show.
The panel didn’t say what form the segment would take, but confirmed that it would offer viewers an opportunity to “take action and contribute to the global Stand Up For Ukraine campaign.”
The online effort, sparked by a recent appeal by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, includes a global social media rally on April 8 and a fundraiser on April 9.
Harvey Mason Jr., Executive Director of the Academy, said: “We are heartbroken by the situation in Ukraine, but moved by the spirit of resilience that is evident there every day.
“We hope the segment will inspire our global audience to get involved in supporting this important humanitarian effort.”
Hugh Evans, CEO of Global Citizen, added: “History has shown us that conflict and poverty are closely linked, leading to weakening rule of law, collapse in economic development and often catastrophic humanitarian situations.
“There is no doubt that the conflict in Ukraine has resulted in a humanitarian crisis – as Global Citizen members experienced first-hand on the Ukraine-Polish border.
“Millions have fled their homes and it is more likely that millions are on the way. Global Citizen has a history of responding quickly to humanitarian crises, and this is no different.
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“We call for an immediate end to this crisis and for immediate funding to support refugee relief efforts, not just in Ukraine but around the world.”
The 64th Annual Grammy Awards will be hosted by The Daily Show host Trevor Noah at the 17,000-seat MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday night and will feature a series of live performances and surprise guests.
The event was originally scheduled to take place in Los Angeles on January 31, but was postponed as the Omicron variant spread across the US.
Multi-genre performer Jon Batiste has the most nominations with 11 but faces competition from the likes of Justin Bieber, Billie Eilish and Olivia Rodrigo.
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