Beyonce, Common and John Legend Pay Tribute to Selma at 2015 Grammys

Beyonce Grammy Performance

Selma might have been snubbed by the Academy (feel free to argue that out in the comments section), but the Ava DuVernay-directed film got plenty of love Sunday night at the 57th annual Grammy Awards.

Common, who plays James Bevel in Selma, took the stage alongside John Legend for a powerful performance of “Glory,” which recently took home Best Original Song at the Golden Globes.

The duo was introduced by Beyoncé, who delivered a soulful rendition of “Take My Hand, Precious Lord,” one of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s favorite gospel songs. In Selma, it was sung by recording artist Ledisi, who portrays iconic gospel singer Mahalia Jackson.

Of course, the addition of Beyoncé into the mix might have been the worst-kept secret of the Grammys; Common spilled the beans to Us Weekly earlier this month, describing Beyoncé as “one of the greatest talents you can have.”

Your thoughts on the trio’s tribute to SelmaGrade the performance below, then drop a comment with your full critique.

Video from the performance will be added when available.


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19 Comments
  1. Dude says:

    Selma wasn’t snubbed and to be honest Oyelowo and DuVernay were barely snubbed.

  2. Kayla says:

    I wish I didn’t have to wait until the end of the show to witness talent being displayed.

  3. Derrick says:

    This song was not for Beyoncé to sing. It should have been performed by Ledisi, the artist who play Mahalia Jackson in the movie and sang on the soundtrack. Shame on you Common and John Legend for not standing up for the right thing to do.

    • Dude says:

      What’s more marketable for a show closing number? Ledisi or Queen Bey? It’s just business dude and sorry but Bey knocked it out of the park.

  4. Judy says:

    Beyonce, did an awful job with an iconic song. The song is straight melody not a lot of runs. Ledisi, should have song it, that was more of her speed. Beyonce, its not about you, where is sisterhood, something that’s lacking in the entertainment business.

  5. Meh says:

    Nobody is entitled to a nomination or an award for anything. People vote to decide both nominees and winners. Selma was nominated for Best Picture right? Why is this such a big deal? Gosh, which award show is going to be dedicated to Jennifer Aniston’s “snub”? Sorry but these politically motivated agendas is not why I watch award shows. It is supposed to be enjoyable entertainment for all.

    • B says:

      agreed, especially with this years nominations so many of the nominations are from smaller films instead of big box office hits hard to say how they are not as worthy of a nomination. Likewise people who say Selma was robbed don’t seem to name who shouldn’t have been nominated….

      • Joey says:

        Foxcatcher’s director, for one, should not have been nominated. Also Bradley Cooper should not have been nominated for that garbagetastic propaganda film, American Sniper. There, I just listed one person from each of the “snubbed” categories for you.

        • Ry says:

          Well at least now there’s a conversation, I agree with previous commenters it seems with this movie in particular there are many who say ‘Selma was snubbed!’ who either haven’t seen any of the other movies nominated or as seen in a comment below haven’t even seen Selma itself

  6. iconic says:

    Ledisi should’ve sung that song since she sung it and played Mahalia Jackson in the movie. I’m not a Beyonce hater but she did not do the song any justice, compared to what Ledisi would’ve done.

  7. Meh says:

    Selma was nominated for Best Picture. It was not snubbed.

    • Lauren says:

      It was nominated for Best Picture and Best Song. Soooooooooooo the thing that made it the best movie was the song in it? It makes no sense to me to nominate it as Best Movie and then give no props to the director, the cinematographer, the script, any of the actors etc. How is Best Movie material then? I haven’t seen it yet, but it looks incredible.

      • How He Lived says:

        A nomination in one category does not entitle or guarantee a film to have any others. You realize the final cut of nominees is based on votes, right? The top 5 vote getters make the cut. Every Best Picture nominee is not automatically nominated for the same awards. The Selma actors, writers and director just did not receive more votes than other nominees who made the final five in their respective categories. That isn’t a crime, it’s the way award shows go. Amy Adams won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a musical/comedy and didn’t make the cut for the Best Actress Academy Award. It happens. Two nominations is two more than a lot of other films. Selma was not snubbed. I’d suggest watching it and the other movies nominated in the categories you have questions about.

      • Dude says:

        But David Oyelowo didn’t give one of the five best performances (Jake Gyllenhaal was the one robbed) and Ava DuVernay was never going to stand out beside Linklater and Irritu. They both delivered great performances in very crowded categories and didn’t stand out. When you have 8 nominees for Best Picture and only 5 in every other category, yes something is gonna get left out. Selma was a great movie but a lot of its individual achievements weren’t as strong as others and to pretend that because they would have divirsified categories, they deserved it more is condescending and goes against the spirit of the awards (which is honouring the best).

  8. kiko says:

    It was a good performance, people are always gonna whine and complain about stuff like this, Music is subjective

    Selma was highly overrated though there were other films that were snubbed which were better

  9. Thelma says:

    Beyonce did terrible job sing that song proves she cant sing terrible

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  12. Jb says:

    Lord Kanye. Pride Goes Before the Fall