Kalush Orchestra promises to be cultural ‘soldiers’ for Ukraine at MTV EMAs

The Kalush Orchestra said they would be cultural “soldiers” for Ukraine as they took to the stage at the MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs).

he won the Eurovision Song Contest shown on the bill at PSD Bank Dome in Dusseldorf, Germany, alongside international artists including Stormzy, Lewis Capaldi, Gorillaz, Bebe Rexha and David Guetta.

Harry Styles leads the list with seven nominations, including best song and best video for the hit As It Was as well as best artist.

Speaking through an interpreter on the red carpet, lead singer Oleh Psiuk told the PA news agency: “We felt a little bit of pressure because it was so big. We feel pressured to perform for Ukraine and today we want everyone to show that Ukraine’s culture is unique. “

He added that “now is war and culture is one of our weapons, so today we are soldiers embodying the culture of Ukraine”.

Speaking about Liverpool hosting the 2023 competition on behalf of Ukraine, Psiuk added: “We are very grateful to the UK for helping to resolve this situation.

“And of course, we hope the UK can integrate some of the details of our culture – which is important for Ukraine because we tried our best last year.

“This year our country will make the best artists, the best music, to win again. So when we win the war, Eurovision 2023 could be in Kyiv.”

When asked if Kalush Orchestra will perform in Liverpool, he replied: “At the moment we don’t know for sure how things will turn out.

“But if we could be special guests or something like that, we’d be happy.”

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Sam Ryder, who finished second for the UK in Eurovision, said he was excited to see Stormzy perform during the awards ceremony.

The singer, who is presenting the award for best collaboration, told PA: “I won’t say because it’s a trap and I’m not going to fall into that trap. What I will say is that I am very excited to see Stormzy. He is an inspiration and a kind soul and a good guy.”

Asked how he feels about Eurovision taking place in Liverpool next year, he added: “I’ve been a fan of Eurovision since I was a kid and it never mattered.

“If I lived in Liverpool it could be a different story. I would be like, ‘Oh my God, it’s coming’. Traffic will become tense. I will enjoy it no matter which country it is in.”

Speaking about whether he’ll perform at the 2023 competition, Ryder replied: “As for my role, I can’t begin to surmise. I just want to be there. I enjoyed watching it and experiencing it at home with others.

“It’s a wonderful city. It gave us the foundation of music as we know it. But also the richness of Ukrainian culture.”

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Co-hosts Rita Ora and Taika Waititi (Ian West/PA)

OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder arrived on the red carpet after playing in Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi over the past 48 hours, and said he will be heading to South Africa soon.

He praised Taylor Swift, who was nominated in multiple categories and tipped for a big win, telling PA: “I would say followers and social media, I’m not going to lie, that’s more important. I wish.

“Your ability to write great materials is the most likely asset you have as an artist – more than your looks, more than your attitude. Your talent. How well do you tell your story?

“Look at Taylor Swift. She is a prime example. She is a better writer than anyone. That’s why she’s winning.”

This year’s awards ceremony will be hosted by famous singer-songwriter duo Rita Ora and Oscar-winning filmmaker Taika Waititi and marks the sixth time the awards ceremony has been held in Germany.

This will be the first time the pair have worked together after keeping their partnership mostly unnoticed since they first sparked relationship rumors last year after appearing together. on the red carpet.

In the nominations, former One Direction star Styles will face fellow Briton Adele for best artist in an American-dominated category that includes Beyonce, Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj as well as a Western singer Rosalia Spain.

Swift followed closely behind with six nods, with other Britons including Adele, Ed Sheeran, Calvin Harris and Coldplay also among the nominees.

A host of famous faces will also take on the task of presenting the awards including Baywatch star David Hasselhoff, Eurovision runner-up Sam Ryder and John Lennon singer and son Julian Lennon.

The MTV EMAs 2022 will air live on MTV on November 13 at 9pm and will also be available to watch on Paramount + UK from November 14.

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