Common and John Legend gave a powerful performance of "Glory" at last night's (Feb. 22) Academy Awards. The pair moved everyone in the room, as Common delivered captivating lyrics alongside Legend's powerful vocals and keys. The Chicago native and R&B singer were also awarded an Oscar for Best Original Song.
The duo was joined by a choir of protesters, uniformed in all black as they moved across the stage in solidarity. It's really a powerful image and makes us reflect on the the message of the song, featured on the soundtrack for Selma. The movie's stars, Oprah and David Oyelowo, as well as many others in the crowd, are brought to tears by the outstanding performance. No matter how many times you watch the video, it's sure to give you goosebumps as John Legend ends the song in acapella and cries out, "Glory." Common's plea for unity in fight's for change, and Legend's speech on incarceration will go down as one of the all-time moments at the Oscars.
"We live in the most incarcerated country in the world," said Legend. "There are more black men under correctional control today than there were under slavery in 1850."
Vox ran an interesting article breaking down the validity in the R&B singer's speech, read that here. Since Selma hit theaters earlier this year, Common and John Legend have been getting a lot of recognition for their collaboration. The pair took home a Critics' Choice award for the moving track for Best Song. "Glory" also was awarded Best Original Song at the 2015 Golden Globe Awards, where Common delivered a powerful acceptance speech as he called on viewers to act now in the face of injustice. More recently at the 2015 Grammy Awards, the MC and "Ordinary People" singer showed their support for "Black Lives Matter" alongside Pharrell and Beyoncé.
Watch their performance and speech above and below.
Second best moment of the night came when Common curved Oprah (see below)