John Legend on 'Selma,' Ferguson, and singing his Oscar-nominated song to Common on the phone

January 21, 2015 7:51 PM

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John Legend was not expecting to be an Oscar nominee a few months ago. “I hadn’t planned to have a song in a major film,” he told EW. “I was on the road, I was focused on touring, and Common called me up with this really amazing opportunity.” Now, the song Legend wrote with Common for Selma, “Glory,” has made him a Golden Globe winner and Oscar nominee. “Glory” also explicitly connects the movie, which chronicles Martin Luther King, Jr.’s activism in 1965, to present-day events.

EW spoke with Legend about his nomination and the relevance of the song last night before he performed at a launch event for AXE White Label. Legend is mentoring artists as part of a program called AXE White Label Collective. Artists can submit YouTube videos for the opportunity to work with Legend ...

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