John Legend and Common take home Best Original Song at the 87th Oscar Awards, everyone sobs.
Fresh off the back of their show-stopping Grammy performance and Golden Globe win, John Legend and Common brought the house down at last night’s Academy Awards with a tear-jerking performance of their Selma hit “Glory” and their emotive acceptance speech.
Check out their performance below:
The power-pair took to the stage for the second time this month to present their award winning equality-anthem and in news that will shock no one, there wasn’t a dry eye in the room. The stage was decked out as a replica of the Edmund Pettus Bridge, a feature of real-life Selma and a pivotal part of the film. Legend’s vocals were typically on point and Common was fantastic as usual but there was something unusually moving about their performance which rendered stars like Chris Pine and David Oyelowo (‘Selma”s Martin Luther King) tearful.
Arguably more powerful than the performance itself, however, was Legend’s acceptance speech in which he highlighted the importance of the social message of ‘Selma’ reminding everyone that:
“We live in the most incarcerated country in the world. There are more black men under correctional control today than there were under slavery in 1850.”
Overall, the performance was part of a strong musical evening at the Oscars which also featured Lady Gaga’s outstanding ‘Sound of Music’ medley and Rita Ora’s average rendition of Diane Warren-penned track “Grateful” from ‘Beyond the Lights.’
Who do you think stole the show at this year’s Academy Awards?