In a passionate speech aired at the 2022 Grammy Awards ceremony on April 3, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed a global audience of influential artists and musicians, speaking for the people of his war-torn nation.

“On our land we are fighting Russia which brings horrible silence with its bombs. The dead silence. Fill the silence with your music. Fill it today, to tell our story,” Zelenskyy said in the video message. “Tell the truth about this war on your social networks, on TV; support us in any way you can. Any — but not silence.”

Now his call is being answered all around the world. 

Musicians, actors, athletes, entertainers, and advocates have showed a powerful display of unity as part of a global social media rally on Friday, joining forces under the call to #StandUpForUkraine and for all the world’s refugees and displaced people. From heartfelt tweets to impassioned video messages, they've helped amplify the calls of advocates urging world leaders, businesses, governments, and institutions to mobilize funding for refugees from Ukraine and around the world.

The social media rally comes before the Stand Up For Ukraine pledging event on Saturday in Warsaw, Poland, hosted by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in partnership with Global Citizen. The event aims to secure billions of dollars in funding to relieve the urgent refugee crisis worldwide. 

Zelenskyy first implored the international community to Stand Up For Ukraine in a March 26 video message call to action. “I’m inviting everybody: musicians, actors, athletes, businessmen, politicians, everybody,” said Zelenskyy in his address. “Everyone who wants to join this movement and Stand Up For Ukraine.”

Since the beginning of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, more than 10 million people have been forced to leave their homes in Ukraine behind, with 4 million having fled the country and an estimated 6.5 million people remaining displaced within Ukraine, according to data from the United Nations International Organisation for Migration (IOM).

Displacement caused by Russia’s destruction of cities, neighborhoods, and hospitals across Ukraine has exacerbated the already urgent global refugee crisis facing countries and regions including Afghanistan, Yemen, South Sudan, and the Horn of Africa. Around the world, over 82 million people were already displaced due to conflict, persecution, and human rights violations according to UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.

Displacement is driving poverty and hunger crises that humanitarian organizations and governments are struggling to address due to their own lack of funds. Join Global Citizen in our call to deliver aid to those in urgent need. Learn how to upload your own video to Stand Up for Ukraine here and find out more information on how you can take action for refugees everywhere here

Here are the artists, actors, and more who have so far joined the global social media rally and are amplifying the calls of advocates to #StandUpForUkraine. We'll update this list throughout the day.

5 Seconds of Summer

Adam Lambert

Vocal activist and musician Adam Lambert delivered a message to world leaders in a video posted to Instagram on Friday.

Aitana

Spanish singer Aitana sent her message through music.

Alejandro Sanz

Four-time Grammy Award winner Alejandro Sanz posted a spoken word performance of a poem by Antonio Colinas to Twitter on Friday. 

Alex Len of the Sacramento Kings

Alexandra Stan

Romanian singer Alexandra Stan, joined by producer Manuel Riva, advocated for refugees and shared part of their new single. 

Andy Cohen

Angélique Kidjo

Annie Lennox

Antytila

Arlo Parks

Ashlee Simpson Ross

Barbra Streisand

Barenaked Ladies

The band took to Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok to share their message in support of Ukraine.

@barenakedladies Refugees in Ukraine and around the world need urgent humanitarian aid. Barenaked Ladies are using their voices to demand action, and you can, too. Join them with @Global Citizen and make your own video calling for the world to support refugees everywhere. #StandUpForUkraine♬ original sound - Barenaked Ladies

Bastille

Becky Lynch

Billie Eilish & FINNEAS

Eilish and FINNEAS showed their support for refugees with a post on YouTube, featuring them performing her song "Your Power." 

"Tonight we are going to perform 'Your Power' as a call to action and in honor of the people of Ukraine," she said while calling on world leaders to take action.

Billy Porter

Black Eyed Peas

Bridget Moynahan

Bobby Weir

Bruce Springsteen

Carole King

"Mr. or Madam President, Prime Minister, whatever your title, please stand up for Ukraine by contributing generously to ensure the well-being of every refugee," King said in a video message posted to Twitter.

Céline Dion

"To all the world leaders, we need you now more than ever before to answer the call from everyone, activists, advocates, and volunteers who are working to support refugees from Ukraine and around the world," Dion said in a video message posted to Twitter in both English and French.

Chris Isaak

"This message goes out to my friends in Ukraine, I'm standing with you in solidarity, I'm praying for you, for peace and for your safety," Isaak said in Twitter video message.

Chris Tomlin

Connie Britton

Dave Matthews Band

Daymond John

"The people of Ukraine are facing an unthinkable crisis. Rescources are scarce and refugees need all the support they can get. I'm urging all world leaders to act now, step up their funding, and stand up for Ukraine."

Dead & Company

Drew McIntyre

Eddie Vedder

Ellen Degeneres

"I ask everyone watching this to please amplify this message, post a video of yourself, share one from an activist, or repost this one. We need our leaders to stand up for Ukraine and support refugees."

Elton John

"We are heartbroken and appalled to see the suffering of people in Ukraine today, including over a quarter of a million people living with HIV, as this conflict unfolds."

Evan Ross

Fall Out Boy

"World leaders we're standing up for Ukraine. We need you to answer the call from activists and advocates working to support refugees and take immediate action to help displaced people from Ukraine and around the world," guitarist Joe Trohman said.

Finn Bälor

Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood

Gloria Gaynor

Green Day

Herbert Grönemeyer 

Hozier

Hugh Jackman

Isha Sesay

Jamala

Jennifer Lopez

Jesse McCartney

Johnny Orlando

Jonas Brothers

Jon Bon Jovi

Juanes

Julian Lennon

Kacey Musgraves

Katie Couric

Katy Perry 

k.d. lang

Lennon Stella

Lenny Kravitz

Leon Bridges

Lilly Singh

Lola Lennox

Luis Fonsi

Luke Steele

Madonna

MÅNESKIN

Max Kilman

Metallica

Michael Franti

Michael Bublé

Nicky Jam 

Nigel Barker

OneRepublic

Oprah Winfrey

Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne

Padma Lakshmi

Pearl Jam

Priyanka Chopra Jonas

Radiohead

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Rita Ora

Rufus Wainwright

Sarsa

The Polish musician showed her support for Ukraine and refugees with a cover of Jon Batiste's "Freedom" posted on her Instagram.

Seth "Freakin" Rollins

Shayna Baszler

Shinsuke Nakamura

SOFI TUKKER

Stevie Nicks

Sviatoslav “Svi” Mykhailiuk of the Toronto Raptors

Tame Impala

Thalia

Third Eye Blind

Ukulele U

Vito Bambino

Weezer 

Within Temptation

U2

Young Leosia

Zucchero

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