Common and John Legend Wins Best Written Song for Visual Media for “Glory” at 2016 Grammy Awards
Common and John Legend's "Glory" is still offering both artists the gift that keeps on giving two years after its release: award recognition. At the 2016 Grammy Awards Monday night (Feb. 15), the song earned them the Best Written Song for Visual Media.
The award for "Glory," written by Common, Legend and Rhymefest, was presented to the rap and singing duo for its appearance in the 2014 film Selma, which highlighted the 1965 Selma to Montgomery marches.
The Weeknd's “Earned It,” Ellie Goulding's “Love Me Like You Do,” Wiz Khalifa's “See You Again” featuring Charlie Puth and Lady Gaga's “Til It Happens to You” went up against "Glory" in the category for Best Written Song for Visual Media.
Before the ceremony began, the rapper, born Lonnie Rashad, Jr., stepped on to the red carpet in the Staples Center in L.A. to chat about the big win. "This is like a gift that continuously gives," Common told Ryan Seacrest of the "Glory" achievement.
He also shared his thoughts on fellow winner Kendrick Lamar, who scored three Grammys -- Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song for "Alright" and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for "These Walls -- before the awards show began. "I mean he’s just a voice for a new generation for people no matter what color you are, he’s speaking for the truth," Common said. "You need that in music. I think if people go back from hundreds of years from now in a time capsule Kendrick Lamar is one of those monumental artists."
This is far from the first time Common and Legend's "Glory" has been recognized as an exemplary work. The track won Best Original Song at the 2015 Academy Awards and the 2015 Golden Globe Awards.
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