John Legend and Common’s “Glory” Wins Golden Globe Award

John Legend experienced a career setting year in 2014, and it looks like 2015 will be just as good.

The critically acclaimed singer-songwriter and rapper Common won the award for 'Best Original Song' for their song “Glory” during Sunday night’s Golden Globe Awards. The record is taken from the civil rights film, Selma.

"The first day I stepped on the set of 'Selma' I began to feel like this was bigger than a movie," Common said during his acceptance speech after being presented the award by music icon Prince. "As I got to know the people of the Civil Rights Movement, I realized I am the hopeful black woman who was denied her right to vote. I am the caring white supporter killed on the front lines of freedom. I am the unarmed black kid who maybe needed a hand, but instead was given a bullet. I am the two fallen police officers murdered in the line of duty. 'Selma' has awakened my humanity."

Common also added after thanking several people in the room, “We look to the future and we want to create a better world. Now is our time to change the world. Selma is now.”

“I’m so honored to be a part of this amazing film that honors such amazing people that did great work and is so connected to what’s happening right now,” Adds John Legend. “We still are in solidarity with those that are out there fighting for justice right now and we’re so grateful to write this song hopefully as an inspiration to them.”

The award serves as Common and John Legend's first nomination and win. They beat out Lorde's "Yellow Flicker Beat" (from "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1"), Lana Del Rey's "Big Eyes" (from "Big Eyes"), Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye's "Mercy Is" (from "Noah") and Sia and Greg Kurstin's "Opportunity" (from "Annie") for the prize.

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