John Legend and Common shared a glorious moment at Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards. The singer and rapper/actor took home the award for ‘Best Original Song’ for “Glory,” their powerful contribution to the new civil rights movie Selma.
Prince (Yes, that Prince) presented the award to them during the 72nd annual ceremony at the Beverly Hilton. Common delivered an exceptional acceptance speech, thanking director Ava DuVernay and producer Oprah Winfrey.
“Selma has awakened my humanity,” said Common, who also stars in the film. “We look to the future and we want to create a better world. Now is our time to change the world. Selma is now.”
John Legend acknowledged those who are still fighting for justice today. “I’m so honored to be a part of this amazing film that honors such amazing people that did great work and is so connected to what’s happening right now,” he said. “We still are in solidarity with those that are out there fighting for justice right now and we’re so grateful to write this song hopefully as an inspiration to them.”
They beat out some heavy competition including Lana Del Rey’s “Big Eyes” from Tim Burton’s movie of the same name, Lorde’s “Yellow Flicker Beat” from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, Sia’s “Opportunity” from Annie, and Kronos Quartet and Patti Smith’s “Mercy Is” from Noah.
(Photo by Ellen von Unwerth)