On the heels of their win at the Golden Globes earlier this month and countless press junkets since the beginning of the year, it was announced today that Common and John Legend will be performing their song “Glory” at this year’s Oscars, which air on February 22 on ABC. “Common and John Legend are artists who have always lifted our spirits and made us think,” said producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. “The Oscar stage is that much more profound because of their presence and we welcome them.”
Common and Legend wrote the song for the voting rights biopic Selma, which chronicles Martin Luther King’s involvement in the events surrounding the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965 for African-American voting rights. Selma‘s also received a lot of press because of its Oscar snubs, earning nominations for Best Picture and Best Original Song for “Glory,” but missing out on what many thought were shoe-ins, like Ava DuVernay for Best Director and David Oyelowo for Best Actor.
This won’t be the first time that hip-hop has hit the Oscars. Three 6 Mafia won in 2006 for “It’s Hard Out Here For A Pimp” from Hustle and Flow, and were also the first emcees to perform at the show itself, while Eminem won for “Lose Yourself” from 8 Mile in 2002.