Glory was written by American singer and songwriter John Legend, American rapper Common, and Che Smith. It was released on December 11, 2014 as the theme song for the 2014 film Selma, which follows Dr. Martin Luther King on his 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery for the civil rights movement. The song was released through Columbia Records and is featured on movie’s soundtrack along with songs like.
The song peaked at No. 92 on the US Billboard Hot 100, but it was able to take home an Oscar and a Golden Globe for Best Original Song. Legend and Common performed the song on the Oscar stage in an emotional performance that had members of the audience wiping away tears. While accepting their Oscar for Legend said, “We wrote this song for a film that was based on events that were fifty years ago, but we say that ‘Selma is now’ because the struggle for justice is right now.” Common and Legend both spoke out about civil rights and how it’s still a struggle we deal with today, and that when you are marching to this song they are with you. “When people are marching with our song, we want to tell you that we are with you. We see you, we love you, march on,” Legend ended this Oscar speech.