Oscars 2015 Song Nominees: Common and John Legend, More

January 15, 2015 2:56 PM

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Lana Del Rey must be writing another extravagantly sad song right about now. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the nominees for the 87th Academy Awards, and while there’s more for music fans than in some years, one of the first names floated as a contender — Del Rey’s — is conspicuously absent. And plenty more potentially worth contenders are also off the list (be sure to read our editor-in-chief J. Edward Keyes’s essay, 2014 in Music Film).

Other artists’ loss is still a victory for the many of us who’ve thrilled at hearing more talk about social justice in music given the past year’s events, as Common and John Legend‘s “Glory” is one of the nominees for Best Original Song. Their civil-rights anthem from Selma won a Golden Globe in the...

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