John Legend and Common performed their song “Glory” from the film Selma at the Oscars on Sunday night, and by the time they were done there were several stars crying, including David Oyelowo, Carmen Ojogo, and Chris Pine. Following their performance of the civil rights anthem, John Legend and Common received an incredible standing ovation.
The stage was set up to mimic the famed Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, where Martin Luther King, Jr. led the famed 1965 civil rights march that led to violence and, ultimately, change. An incredible choir joined Common, who rapped, and Legend, who played piano. It was a stunningly moving performance.
But that wasn’t all. Moments later, the two were awarded the Oscar for Best Original Song. “Glory” has picked up a slew of awards over the past few weeks. The song took top honors at the Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. Now it can add an Academy Award to the list.
Not a dry eye in the house.