They did it! Common and John Legend won the Best Original Song Oscar for their joint track “Glory” tonight. And before they were honored, they gave a powerful performance of the SELMA track. Peep their performance and acceptance speeches inside….
Common and John Legend took home the Best Original Song Oscar at the 87th Annual Academy Awards tonight! Their joint single off the SELMA soundtrack beat out “Grateful” from Beyond The Lights, “Everything is Awesome” from The Lego Movie, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from Glen Campbell… I’ll Be Me and “Lost Stars” from Begin Again.
The guys took the podium after giving a powerful performance of their “Glory.”
Common (looking dapper in a Prada suit) first thanked God then talked about his experience as he marched on the same bridge as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, Alabama while filming the civil rights film. Then, he talked what the bridge means to him and how it represents change.
John Legend opened with a Nina Simone quote “it’s an artist’s duty to reflect the times in which we live.” He continued, “SELMA is now, because the struggle for justice is right now.”
He talked about our voting rights being in jeopardy and how there are more black men incarcerated today then there were in during slavery in the 1800s.
He closed with,
“When people are marching to our song we want to tell you we are with you, we see you, we love you and march on. God Bless You.”
Common then threw in an Oprah shoutout. Can’t forget Lady O.
Peep their speeches below:
And check out their “Glory” performance that had tears flowing and everyone on their feet below:
What a touching performance.