Following yesterday’s news that Begin Again star Adam Levine will perform the Oscar-nominated best song “Lost Stars” from that film, Common and John Legend will be crooning together on their Oscar-nominated song “Glory” from the Paramount Martin Luther King Jr. biopic Selma at the 87th Oscars on Feb. 22. The news was announced by Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. Common and Legend have already won a Golden Globe for their on “Glory”.
“Common and John Legend are artists who have always lifted our spirits and made us think,” said Zadan and Meron said in a statement. “The Oscar stage is that much more profound because of their presence and we welcome them.”
“Glory,” was written by John Stephens (a.k.a. John Legend) and Lonnie Lynn (a.k.a. Common). The other three nominated songs in addition to “Lost Stars” and “Glory” are “Everything Is Awesome” from The Lego Movie, “Grateful” from Beyond the Lights, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me.
Common won a 2002 Grammy for Best R&B Song for “Love Of My Life (An Ode To Hip Hop),” and again in 2007 for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for “Southside,” with Kanye West. His on-screen film credits include American Gangster,Wanted, Date Night and Selma, in which he plays the role of Civil Rights leader James Bevel.
Legend is a nine-time Grammy-winning singer/songwriter. His critically acclaimed debut album, “Get Lifted,”scored multiple Grammy Awards in 2006, including Best R&B Album, Best New Artist and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. The follow up was the platinum-selling “Once Again,” which garnered a Best Male R&B Performance nod. Legend’s most recent highly acclaimed fourth studio album, “Love in the Future,” scored two Grammy nominations and features his break out hit, “All of Me,” which is his highest selling and charting song to date and also earned a 2015 Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Solo Performance.