Music got the royal treatment at last night’s Golden Globe Awards. Prince appeared to present the award for Best Original Song. The prize — “but of course,” as he said — went to Common and John Legend for “Glory,” their Ferguson-alluding civil rights anthem from the historical drama Selma.
The duo beat out some formidable competition for Prince’s blessing. The other nominees in the category were Lana Del Rey, for “Big Eyes,” from the Tim Burton film of the same name; Lorde, for “Yellow Flicker Beat,” from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1; Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye (a Wondering Sound contributor), for “Mercy Is,” from Noah, and Sia, for “Opportunity,” from Annie.
Common gave a powerful acceptance speech, declaring, “Selma is now.”
The Best Original Score award went to Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson, for “The Theory of Everything.” The nominees also included Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, who won the award (and the Oscar) in 2011 for The Social Network and were up this year for another David Fincher-directed movie, Gone Girl.
Watch Prince’s award presentation, along with Common and John Legend’s acceptance speeches, below.