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Oscars 2015: Common & John Legend Deliver Powerful Performance of 'Glory'

Common and John Legend 2015 Oscars
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Common and John Legend perform the song "Glory" (Selma) on stage  at the 87th Oscars February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California.

Common and John Legend delivered the most powerful performance of the 87th annual Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 22, with the Selma theme song, "Glory."

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The two artists performed "Glory" alongside a group of men and women marching underneath an Edmund Pettus Bridge stage prop, reminsicent to a powerful scene in the Civil Rights film. Scenes from the Ava DuVernay-directed film was shown in the background during the set.

The performance was met with a standing ovation and moved many in attendance to tears, including the film's actors David Oyelowo (who played Martin Luther King Jr.) and Oprah Winfrey (producer and who played Annie Lee Cooper).

"It's a symbol for change," Common said of the Edmund Pettus Bridge when accepting the award for Original Song for "Glory." He continued to say that it "transcends race, religion, sexual orientation and social status... this bridge was built on hope."

"Selma is now because the struggle for justice is right now," Legend added.

Before invited to perform "Glory" at the award show, Legend and Common told Billboard that if invited they "would want to deliver the best performance possible." And, that they did.

The Ava DuVernay directed film is nominated for Best Picture and Original Song, with "Glory." Common and Legend beat out a"Everything is Awesome" from The Lego Movie (performed by Tegan and Sara and The Lonely Island), "Lost Stars" from Begin Again (performed by Adam Levine and Keira Knightley), "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" from Glen Campbell… I'll Be Me (performed by Campbell) and "Grateful" from Beyond the Lights (performed by Rita Ora).

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Common and Legend performed "Glory" for the first time live at the Grammy Awards on Feb. 8. On top of winning the 2015 Oscar for the Selma theme song, they've taken home a Golden Globe award and Critics' Choice award for "Glory."