Common and John Legend Win Best Original Song For Selma’s “Glory”
The Martin Luther King Jr. chronicle Selma was snubbed last night (January 11) at the Golden Globes, but the Ava DuVernay-directed film didn’t go completely unawarded. Common and John Legend took home the sole win of the film’s four nominations for Best Original Song (“Glory”), and they made the most of the moment. Prince presented the award, and the G.O.O.D. Music vets saluted the modern-day struggles for justice that made Selma so timely.
“I’m so honored to be a part of this amazing film that honors such amazing people that did great work and is so connected to what’s happening right now,” said Legend. “We still are in solidarity with those that are out there fighting for justice right now, and we’re so grateful to write this song hopefully as an inspiration to them.” Common, who also stars in the film, added: “Selma has awakened my humanity… We look to the future and we want to create a better world. Now is our time to change the world. Selma is now.”
Com and John were the only Black nominees to take home a trophy. Selma was also nominated for Best Director (DuVernay), Best Actor (David Oyelowo) and Best Picture. Meanwhile, Viola Davis (How to Get Away With Murder), Don Cheadle (House of Lies), Uzo Aduba (Orange Is The New Black), and Quvenzhané Wallis (Annie) also received nominations.
Jennifer Hudson Signs On for Broadway Debut in The Color Purple
Jennifer Hudson has conquered screens both big (Dreamgirls) and small (American Idol)—and Broadway is next on her agenda. The singer with untouchable pipes has signed on for The Color Purple, a rendition of Alice Walker’s classic 1982 novel. J-Hud is slated to play Shug Avery in the Oprah co-produced production, which reaches it’s 10th year on B’way this fall. Tony-winning director John Doyle will reimagine The Color Purple for the stage. Previously, fellow Idol alum Fantasia Barrino played Celie in the play’s 2007 run; Chaka Khan and Bebe Winans joined the show in 2008.
Beyoncé Pokes Fun at Pregnancy Rumors With Clever Instagram Photo
Beyoncé is quietly queen of Instagram trolling. Amid persistent rumors that she and Jay Z are expecting a sibling, Bey posted an IG of herself Sunday buried in sand with some pretty precise contouring. But is the mound stacked on her tummy just sand, or actually a concealed baby bump? Is the 33-year-old megastar dropping a hint of a second child or simply poking fun at the rumor mill? Are you reacting to this right now, wondering if Blue Ivy (also pictured, unburied) has a younger sibling on the way? Congratulations, you’ve been successfully trolled by ’Yonce! Keep on guessing.
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