Hip hop artist-turned-actor Common can now add Oscar nominee to his hyphenate for the song Glory that he co-wrote with musician John Legend for the film Selma—one of the two nominations the film received Thursday. He wrote the song after co-starring in the movie as civil rights activist James Bevel. The film’s director Ava DuVernay had brought up penning a song for the film but nothing was ever finalized as DuVernay was rushing to finish her movie.
“I just took the initiative to start working on it,” he said Thursday morning after learning he landed an honor. “And I thought if I got John Legend to do a song with me, I know it could be something really beautiful for the movie.”