LOS ANGELES (KRON) — The song “Glory,” performed by John Legend and rapper Common, won the Academy Award for best original song.
“Glory” which was featured in the movie “Selma,” was composed by John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn. The song was also a Golden Globe winner for best original song.
“Selma” is an Academy Award nominee for best picture.
The win by “Glory” for Best Original Song came 50 years after Martin Luther King Jr. marched from Selma to Montgomery in a nonviolent demonstration that helped lead to the Voting Rights Act.
In their acceptance speech, Legend and Common declined the typical Hollywood “thank yous.” Instead, they gave an impassioned speech. Legend said, “We say that Selma is now because the struggle for justice is right now.” He said the Voting Rights Act is being compromised right now, and he encouraged people to “March on.”
“Glory” beat out nomimees “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” (“Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me”); “Grateful” (“Beyond The Lights”); “Everything is Awesome” (“The Lego Movie”); and “Lost Stars” (“Begin Again”).
Common also stars in the movie “Selma.”