John Legend and Common gave a rousing performance of their Selma soundtrack contribution “Glory” at last night’s Oscars ceremony. They were backed by a gospel choir, who occupied a stage that was set up as a recreation of the Edmund Pettus Bridge, the site of Bloody Sunday during the Selma to Montgomery marches. Later in the night, “Glory” took home the Academy Award for Best Original Song, beating out Tegan And Sara and the Lonely Island, Glen Campbell, Adam Levine and Keira Knightley, and Rita Ora. “The spirit of this bridge connects the kid from the South Side of Chicago, dreaming of a better life, to those in France standing up for their freedom of expression, to those in Hong Kong, protesting for democracy,” Common said during their acceptance speech. “This bridge was built on hope, welded with compassion and elevated with love for all human beings.” Watch the performance and their speech below.
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