Sunday night’s (Feb 22) Oscar Awards was the stage for 2015’s most powerful hip-hop performance so far. Common and John Legend shook folks all over the world with their incredible performance of “Glory” at the annual Hollywood event. The record also earned the fellas an Oscar for Best Original Song — thanks to their collaboration for the Selma soundtrack.
Backed by a powerful chorus, the troop marched in place to honor the civil rights protesters who took to the streets of Selma so bravely. The performances was so moving that it also brought David Oyelowo, who played Martin Luther King Jr., and Oprah to tears at their seats.
During his acceptance speech for the Oscar, Common proudly explained his motivation for writing the record.
“We wrote this song for a film that was based on events that were 50 years ago, but we say that Selma is now because the struggle for justice is right now,” Legend said in his acceptance speech. “We live in the most incarcerated country in the world. There are more black men under correctional control today than were under slavery in 1850. When people are marching with our song, we want to tell you, ‘We are with you. We see you. We love you. And march on.'”
Watch the captivating performance above.