The 87th Academy Awards aired last night with a special performance by Common and John Legend! The men performed the song Glory from the movie Selma, backed by a full chorus the men brought the audience to tears and a standing ovation!
As if the duo could not end the night any better, Glory won the Oscar for Best Original Song! Common and John Legend accepted the award and gave heart felt and powerful speeches. Common describing the importance of Selma and the symbolism of the bridge being a bridge that brought justice and democracy to the United States and to the lives of all races. Allowing a young man like himself the opportunity to achieve his dreams because of the fight and strength of so many people before him.
John Legend went on to say that our fight is not over, “Selma is now because the struggle for justice is now. We know that the voting rights that we fought for 50 years ago are being compromised in this country today."
Legend went on to talk about how the United States is the most incarcerated country in the world, "that there are more black men in correctional control today than were under slavery in 1850.” He went on to say that “Glory” is a song for those men locked up behind bars, “people are marching with our song – we see you, we love you. March on."
"Glory” was up against Tegan and Sara and the Lonely Island’s “Everything Is Awesome” (from The Lego Movie), Rita Ora’s “Grateful” (from Beyond the Lights), Glen Campbell’s “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” (from Glen Campbell… I’ll Be Me) and Adam Levine and Keira Knightley’s “Lost Stars” (from Begin Again) for the Oscar.
“Glory” also won the Golden Globe for Best Original Song earlier this year. Catch Common and John Legend performance and speech below!!
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