John Legend and Common to Perform at the Oscars 2015
John Legend and Common are among the nominees for this year’s Best Original Song category for their outstanding closing song for Best Picture nominee Selma. And now, the duo who won the Golden Globe in this same category will be performing the song at this year’s Academy Awards.
John Legend confirmed the news after tweeting out the announcement:
— John Legend (@johnlegend) January 27, 2015
The duo now joins previously announced performer Adam Levine as the second major act announced to perform at the Academy Awards, although Oscar winning Frozen songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez are also on-board to write a song for Neil Patrick Harris to perform.
John Legend and Common should deliver a great performance, since it’s a hell of a good song. It’s also currently the frontrunner in the category, thanks to its Globe win, although the Globe winner rarely transfers over to Oscar. In the last 25 years, the winner of the Best Original Song winner at the Golden Globes went on to win the Oscar only 12 times. Granted, this doesn’t exactly bar Legend and Common from winning, but the statistics suggest it might be a bit of an uphill climb, particularly since the last time a song won the Globe and the Oscar was in 2012 when “Skyfall” swept. Still, if any song could repeat from Globes to Oscars, I’d bet money on it being this one.