14:39 May. 9, 2016
Ukrainian singer to perfom a song about Crimean Tatars' deportation in 1944
Jamala, singer of Crimean Tatar descent, who represents Ukraine at Eurovision 2016, took part in the Red Carpet and Contest Opening Ceremony.
The ceremony took place in Stockholm's City Hall on Sunday, May 8.
The Eurovision contest will be held on May 10, 12 and 14 with Jamala performing her song titled '1944' in a second semi-final. The song's plot is based on a story of Crimean Tatars' deportation in 1944 under Stalin, when the Soviet Red Army forced them to leave their homeland.
In late February, Russia's State Duma asked the organisers of the Eurovision song contest to bar Ukrainian singer Jamala from performing her song. However, the European Broadcasting Union concluded that the title and lyrics of the song did not contain political speech.
Jamala whose full name is Susana Jamaladinova was chosen as Ukraine's national selection for the Eurovision song contest. The win was based on the result of viewers' and judges' votes.
Jamala's music style varies from jazz, rhythm & blues to soul and pop.