This week was one for the books when it came to pop culture. One event that everyone could not stop talking about was this year’s Golden Globe Awards. Something very unique about the Golden Globes, and many other award shows, is that songs are also nominated for certain categories.
Music categories range from best original score to best original song. Throughout the years, many songs have been nominated and won in these categories. Did you know that there has been a slew of R&B songs that have also won Golden Globe awards? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with this week’s In Case You Didn’t Know.
‘Glory’ by Common & John Legend
Common and John Legend teamed up for Glory, a song about the current state of civil rights set in the 1965 Selma to Montgomery marches. The song was featured in the film Selma. It’s essence moved many and subsequentially led the duo to win a Golden Globe in the Best Original Song category in 2015.
‘Song of the Heart’ by Prince
Yes, Prince did indeed make a song for a movie about a penguin. Song of the Heart is a feel-good anthem from the movie Happy Feet. It made the audience feel so good, in fact, that the song won a Golden Globe in the Best Original Song category in 2007. The song’s existence came about when the movie’s production team asked Prince for the use of his song, Kiss. The hesitant singer asked to watch the movie first. Moved by the film, Prince not only allowed them to use Kiss but also wrote an original song for the film as well.
‘Say You, Say Me’ by Lionel Richie
Lionel Richie’s Say You, Say Me, was written specifically for the film White Nights. The song took the Golden Globe home in 1986. Although the song had much success, it was not made available on the film’s soundtrack. This was because Motown didn’t want Richie’s first single after his successful 1983 album, Can’t Slow Down to appear on another label.
‘I Just Called To Say I Love You’ by Stevie Wonder
Believe it or not, this hit song was made for a movie! Love song, I Just Called To Say I Love You by Stevie Wonder was made for film, The Woman In Red. It is still Wonder’s best selling record to date. It took home a Golden Globe award in 1984. Additionally, the song won an Academy Award the same year.