Watch Common, Andra Day & Mary J. Blige Perform “Stand Up” & “Mighty River” At The Oscars

Watch Common, Andra Day & Mary J. Blige Perform “Stand Up” & “Mighty River” At The Oscars

Watch Common, Andra Day & Mary J. Blige Perform “Stand Up” & “Mighty River” At The Oscars

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Common teamed up with Andra Day to perform their record from Marshall, while Mary J. Blige killed the stage with her Mudbound rendition.

Common, Andra Day and Mary J. Blige were all nominated in the “Best Original Song” category for their songs that appeared on Marshall and Mudbound, respectively. To showcase just how stand out and powerful their songs were, they each performed their records at the 2018 Academy Awards.

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“Stand Up For Something,” which is the name of the Common and Andra Day song, held the public in the palm of its hands. Even before Common started off the song from the Chadwick Boseman-led film, he unleashed a poignant freestyle referencing the Parkland shooting and calling out the NRA. “Tell the NRA, they’re in God’s way,” the Chicago lyricist rapped before shouting out Haiti and Puerto Rico.

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Once the song got on its way, 10 different activists were spotlighted on stage for their everyday efforts in trying to help change the world. Tarana Burke, creator of the #MeToo Movement; activist, actress and author Janet Mock and 14-year-old Alice Brown Otter, who recently protested the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, were just a few of the many on stage.

Watch the “Stand Up For Something” performance below:

Meanwhile, Mary J. Blige, the first ever performer to be nominated as a musician and as an actress, took the stage to perform her song, “Mighty River,” which is part of the soundtrack for Dee Rees’ Oscar-nominated film Mudbound. The song, which was co-written by Raphael Saadiq, featured a soulfully powerful choir, as Mary looked stunning in her dress while belting out her trademark vocals. The “Best Supporting Actress” nominee showcased as the night’s first performer that she’d be a hard act to follow, and that history wasn’t the only thing she was going to make that night.

Watch Mary J. Blige’s performance of “Mighty River” below:

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