The 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards took place on Jan. 11, 2015, at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. Here is what these Golden Globe winners said backstage in the Golden Globe Awards press room.
JOHN LEGEND and COMMON
Best Original Song
(“Glory” from “Selma”)
You talked about how struggle was universal and that you identify with fallen police officers and some of the other victims. Can you expand on that?
Common: Being able to be a part of this film actually opened me up to allotted of things. I didn’t know there was that multiculture, black, white. There are different people from religious backgrounds and sexual orientation that came in with part of the civil rights movement.
That opened my mind up obviously getting to see what happens right now in present day you see people coming from different backgrounds, no matter what color, they want justice and humanity. They care for the individual, whether it is a young black kid or Latino or Asian or Jewish or white person, it’s all love. Basically, the expansion is saying we all have to do this together. We have to come to an understanding and respect each other. I know it sounds basic and simple and repeated but when put into practice it works.
Congratulations, guys. Obviously, when you wrote the song, you were representing an era when Sam Cooke and Nina Simone were kind of doing the same thing. Did you use that as an influence when you started this project?
Legend: Well, I thought about gospel music. Common called me and asked him to help him write this song and he threw out some title ideas and one of them was glory. As soon as I heard that word it inspired me to write the cords. I thought about the music I grew up on, gospel and I thought about how are important it was to the movie.
You see so many gospel singers being inspiration to Dr. King, and they were part of the musical inspiration for the movie. I wanted to incorporate that. Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye grew up singing in the church as I did, and I think so many great soul singers have done that. It is the secular and putting that to music is an important part of what we do.
Common, did you foresee this happening tonight? It seemed like did you because you were freestyle. Were you hoping for this?
Common: I hoped for it and wanted it and prayed for it. You never know what could happen. I believed in myself and I am a firm believer you have to think the things you want and visualize. I was planning for us to get it but humbly you never know what could happen. It is always best to be prepared.
Legend: Wasn’t he prepared. This man is a lyricist. That speech was moving to me and I was just honored to be up there with him.
Common: John started this song off, as he said I gave him the title glory, but what he did when he played the piano and sang the words he sang, that’s what really showed me what we could do with this song. I am just grateful to have a brother in him and creative partner and is that talented and his voice really means something.
Congratulations, guys. What are you guys going to be doing to celebrate tonight for both of you?
Legend: I’m just happy and hang out with Common and my wife and my crew. Everybody is here. We are so excited and have a little bit of champagne and have a good night. I am really grateful.
Common: I am on a Golden Globe high, “Glory” high, so I don’t know what I will get into tonight but it will be fun. I want to be with my friends and loved ones, some of the family that I worked with, the “Selma” family. We are going to go out with everybody.
Common, for you, are you going to continue music and pursue acting more?
Common: God willing, both. I have discovered that God willing, I can do both. I am a part of the film Selma, and we were able to do a song. I just released an album in 2014 called “Nobody Smiling” which is about social relevance going on. I am inspired to do music. I am inspired to be a great actor. It is all part of it, and I love it. Along with that activism is important for me, too.
And for John, will you go into acting at all?
Legend: I feel like my job is to make impact, spread love, tell great stories, inspire people, whatever avenue we have an opportunity to do that, that’s what I am going to do. My company produces film and TV. We want to produce great stories and inspire and lift people. As a musician, I want to do the same thing.
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