Ukraine’s Eurovision winner Jamala has performed at a benefit concert in Birmingham after fleeing the country following the Russian invasion.
he 38-year-old, whose real name is Susana Jamaladinova, took the stage for a performance of her song in 1944 about forced deportations in Crimea during the rule of Joseph Stalin.
She waved a Ukrainian flag during her performance and was dressed in red.
Emma Bunton, one of the presenters, was visibly moved by her song.
“Wow, thank you so much Jamala for being with us and representing Ukraine at this very special concert here tonight – amazing,” she said.
Jamala previously said her close friends and family remain in an air raid shelter in Kyiv.
Snow Patrol made their debut at the music charity Concert for Ukraine with a performance of their 2004 track Run.
The two-hour fundraiser will be moderated by Roman Kemp, Marvin Humes and Spice Girls star Bunton.
Emeli Sande came second with Brighter Days.
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Veteran broadcaster and journalist Sir Trevor McDonald took the stage to highlight the work of journalists covering the front lines of the war.
Presenter and actress Mel Giedroyc, whose father fled Poland as a refugee during World War II, hosted a short film on the Ukrainian-Romanian border that was shown to the audience.
She said history “repeated itself”.
There were also video messages from Billie Eilish and her brother and collaborator Finneas O’Connell.
The two-hour event will be broadcast on ITV, STV, ITV Hub and STV Player and produced by Livewire Pictures, who have all partnered with the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) and media and entertainment group Global to host the fundraiser.
All sponsorship and advertising revenue generated from the show – estimated at more than £3m – will be donated by ITV to the DEC appeal.
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