John Legend and Common took home a Golden Globe Award on Sunday night for their spectacular duet, “Glory,” from Ava DuVernay’s, Selma.
“I want to thank God and the Hollywood Foreign Press,” Common said when accepting the award, presented by the one and only, Prince. “The first day I stepped on the set of Selma, I began to feel like this is bigger than a movie. As I got to know the people of the Civil Rights movement, I realized I am the hopeful Black woman who was denied her right to vote. I am the caring White supporter, killed on the front lines of freedom. I am the unarmed Black kid who maybe needed a hand, but instead was given a bullet. I am the two fallen police officers, murdered in the line of duty. Selma has awaken my humanity.”
Legend chimed in, “I want to thank this man [Common]. He called me up, he said ‘John I want you to help me write a song for this film.’ I am so honored to be part of this amazing film that honors such amazing people that did great work and is so connected to what’ s happening right now.”
Common didn’t just lend his musical talents to the film, he also starred as a Civil Rights crusader, James Bevel. “Everything about this movie made me want to be a part of it,” he told HipHollywod last month. “People coming together to change the world, that’s who I am.”
Selma was nominated for four Golden Globes, including best director in a motion picture.
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