20 Greatest Best Song Oscar Performances

From Springsteen to Southern hip-hop and hot-buttered soul, Oscars' grandest, grooviest musical showstoppers

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4. John Legend and Common, 'Glory' (2015)

Holy shit, John Legend can sing. Of course, the music star's incredible pipes are hardly the only reason why this performance of Selma's stirring anthem injected a rare feeling of urgency into Hollywood's most self-congratulatory spectacle. It's the rare case where the Oscars' staging helped make something special — as Common rapped to the audience, a largely black crowd gathered behind him in front of a mock-up of Alabama's Edmund Pettus Bridge and chanted the song's title as a refrain. Even a consummate pro like Legend couldn’t keep his voice from cracking with emotion. DE

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