Glory (Common and John Legend song)

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Single by Common and John Legend
from the album Selma
Released December 11, 2014 (2014-12-11)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2014
Length 4:32
Label Columbia Records
Producer(s) John Legend[1]
John Legend singles chronology
"Don't Say Goodbye"
"Lay Me Down"
Common singles chronology

"Glory" is a song performed by rapper Common and American recording artist John Legend. It was written by Legend, Common and Che "Rhymefest" Smith.[2][3] The song was released on December 11, 2014 by Columbia Records as the theme song from the 2014 film Selma, which portrays the 1965 Selma to Montgomery marches. Common also co-starred as Civil Rights Movement leader James Bevel in Selma.

Commercially, the song peaked at No. 49 on the US Billboard Hot 100. A music video for the song was directed by Paramount Pictures and was released on January 12, 2015. The song won the award for Best Original Song at the 87th Academy Awards (2015) and the 72nd Golden Globe Awards (2015), as well as the award for Best Song Written for Visual Media at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards (2016).


Year Awards Ceremony Award Results
2014 African-American Film Critics Association Best Music[4] Won
2015 87th Academy Awards Best Original Song Won
Critics' Choice Movie Awards Best Song Won
Georgia Film Critics Association Best Original Song[5] Won
Golden Globe Award Best Original Song Won
Houston Film Critics Society Awards Best Original Song[6] Nominated
Iowa Film Critics Best Song[7] Runner-up
Black Reel Award Best Original or Adapted Song Won
2016 58th Annual Grammy Awards Best Song Written for Visual Media Won
Best Rap Song Nominated
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration Nominated

Music video

Common co-starred in the film Selma, and sang "Glory" as the end-credits rolled.

The music video was directed by Paramount Pictures.[1] It was put on Common's official VEVO on January 12, 2015.[8] The video stars Legend and Common. The video, which includes footage from the film, begins with Legend playing the piano and then singing, with Common rapping in the different location.

Live performances

"Glory" was performed by Legend and Common on the American morning television show Good Morning America on January 5, 2015.[9]

On February 8, 2015, the duo performed the song as culmination to the 57th Annual Grammy Awards ceremonies held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

Legend and Common performed "Glory" during the 87th Academy Awards show on February 22, 2015 using a stage-setting of Selma's Edmund Pettus Bridge. The song won the Oscar for Best Original Song.[10]

In October 2015, Common surprised a student choir in Compton, California with a live performance of "Glory" in support of My Brother's Keeper. The promotion was run by Omaze, a private internet company that raises funds for charity through online auctions and merchandise sales.[11]

Commercial performance

"Glory" officially debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 92. It became Common's fourth charted song on that chart of his own[12] and has since peaked at 49.[13]

Track listing

Digital download[14]
  1. "Glory" – 4:32


Chart (2015) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[15] 62
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[16] 47
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[17] 74
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[18] 40
France (SNEP)[19] 65
Ireland (IRMA)[20] 39
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[21] 25
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[22] 38
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[23] 62
US Billboard Hot 100[24] 49
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[25] 18
US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)[26] 11

Release history

Country Date Format Label Ref.
United States December 11, 2014 (2014-12-11) Digital download [14]
United Kingdom [27]


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