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Common, John Legend Release Music Video for "Glory" from 'Selma' After Golden Globes Win

by Carolyn Menyes   Jan 14, 2015 10:02 AM EST

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Common and John Legend are basking in the "Glory" of their recent Golden Globes win and anxiously awaiting the 2015 Oscar nominations, and in the midst of an awards-filled week, the hip-hop duo have finally released the inspirational music video for the title track for the critically-acclaimed film Selma.

The music video itself is simple in concept - allowing the gospel roots and empowering message of the single to shine through. Eschewing glitziness or opulence, Common and Legend perform "Glory" on a theatre stage. Common wears a dark gray suit, with Legend complimenting him in his own suit, with a blue striped shirt underneath, emphasizing the seriousness of the single.

Common and Legend perform with passion -Legend is clearly not concerned with looking like his usual dreamy self as he opens his mouth wide, almost appearing to be crying. Common, meanwhile, performs with a starkness that is not cold but just educational. He points on stage, throws up his fist in a black power motion and nods his head with a deep sense of knowing.

In between the simplistic performance shots, clips from the film Selma are cut onto the screen. With actors Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, Common and more reenact the voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery.

It's a powerful visual for a powerful film and song, and a fitting tribute to the Civil Rights Movement.

Watch the music video for Common and John Legend's new single "Glory" below:

"Glory" is the lead track from the movie Selma, which is in theatres now. On Sunday night (Jan. 11), "Glory" beat out songs from Lana Del Rey, Sia, Lorde and Patti Smith to win Best Original Song from a Motion Picture at the Golden Globes.

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