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Oscars 2015: Common, John Legend Take Home Award for Best Original Song with 'Glory' from 'Selma'

by Carolyn Menyes   Feb 22, 2015 23:18 PM EST

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And the winner is... "Glory." In a year filled with racial tensions in the United States and a year with the whitest Oscars in recent history, a major win was awarded to Common and John Legend for their powerful Selma soundtrack song for Best Original Song.

After an introduction from Idina Menzel and John Travolta, who made headlines last year for his name-flubbing when announcing Menzel as the winner, Common and John Legend were deemed this year's Oscar winners after giving a standing ovation worthy performance.

Fitting for a song built on racial injustice, Common and Legend recalled singing "Glory" on the bridge at Selma before recounting human rights struggles across the globe, from Ferguson to Hong Kong and France.

Common and Legend's win comes during a fruitful award season for the duo, who also took home the Golden Globe for Best Original Song with "Glory."

"Glory" was nominated for Best Original Song at the 2015 Oscars, alongside "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" from Beyond the Lights, "Everything Is Awesome" from The LEGO Movie, "Lost Stars" from Begin Again "Grateful" from Beyond the Lights and "Glory" from Selma.

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