NME Exclusive: Common And John Legend Discuss Golden Globe-Nominated Song From ‘Selma’

Historical drama Selma tells the story of Dr Martin Luther King Jr’s plight to secure voting rights for African-Americans, a battle which culminated in the epic 1965 protest march from Selma to Montgomery in Alabama. The acclaimed film opens in UK cinemas on February 6 and will compete for four prizes at the Golden Globes this Sunday (January 11) – including Best Original Song for ‘Glory’, written and performed by Common and John Legend.

In this exclusive clip, regular collaborators Common and Legend discuss the making of their anthemic song, which faces stiff competition from Lorde’s ‘Yellow Flicker Beat’, Lana Del Rey’s ‘Big Eyes’, Patti Smith & The Kronos Quartet’s ‘Mercy Is’ and Sia’s ‘Opportunity’ for the prestigious song gong on Sunday. Legend says “great film and music are such are powerful marriage”, and the rousing gospel-soul ballad he and Common have created for Selma proves his point.