Common and Andra Day encouraged people to stand up for what they believe in last night at the 2018 Academy Awards.
The Chicago MC and the “Rise Up” singer made quite the moving statement when last night at the Academy Awards they performed the Oscar-nominated original song “Stand Up for Something” from the film Marshall about 1940’s lawyer Thurgood Marshall.
The performance of the song can be watched below.
For Day, this was most certainly a grand victorious first. Common, however, has been fortunate enough to have walked on Hollywood turf before, and received an Oscar in 2015 for the song “Glory” with John Legend from the Best Picture nominee Selma.
Common and Day were allotted the longest performance time-slot of the night, approximately 3 minutes. Common used the start of the performance to bestow inspiring spoken-word upon the audience.
Common recited a very politically and socially impacting verse from the song to help drive the point home even further. He further alludes to his advocacy for women’s rights in his “Stand Up For Something” verse. The verse says:
“On Oscar night this is the dream we tell. A land where dreamers live and freedom dwells. Immigrants get the benefits. We put up monuments for the feminists. Tell the NRA they’re in God’s way. To the people of Parkland we say Ase. Sentiments of love to the people from Africa, Haiti to Puerto Rico”
Other notable performances included Miguel’s duet with Mexican singer-songwriter Natalie LaFourcade, the song “Remember Me” from the critically acclaimed Disney Pixar animated film Coco.
The iconic Mary J Blige also performed her powerful original song “Mighty River” from the film Mud Bound. She also received a nomination for best-supporting actress for her performance in the Dee Rees film.
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Watch: Andra Day & Common Stand Up for Something