Oscars 2015: Common, John Legend Win Best Original Song for ‘Glory’

Screen Shot 2015-02-23 at 11.30.32 AM

Common and John Legend brought the audience to tears with an emotional performance of the Selma song “Glory” at the 2015 Oscars ceremony. Just minutes after receiving a standing ovation for their performance and leaving audience members visibly in tears (including Selma star David Oyelowo and Chris Pine), the duo took home the golden statue for Best Original Song.

“We wrote this song for a film that was based on events that were fifty years ago, but we say that ‘Selma is now’ because the struggle for justice is right now,” Legend said on stage. “We know that the Voting Rights Act that they fought for fifty years ago is being compromised right now in this country today. We know that right now, the struggle for freedom and justice is real. We live in the most incarcerated country in the world. There are more black men under correctional control today than were under slavery in 1850. When people are marching with our song, we want to tell you that we are with you. We see you, we love you, march on.”

Common and Legend performed “Glory” for the first time live at the Grammy Awards on Feb. 8. On top of winning the 2015 Oscar for the Selma theme song, they’ve taken home a Golden Globe award and Critics’ Choice award for “Glory.”

The 87th annual Academy Awards took place on Sunday, Feb. 22 in Los Angeles at the Dolby Theatre.

87th Annual Academy Awards - Show

87th Annual Academy Awards - Show

(Photo Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images and Kevin Winters/Getty Images)