A stirring performance of the Oscar-nominated song “Stand Up For Something” was delivered by Andra Day and Common on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Feb. 22. Day delivered a brief statement about the end of DACA, dedicating the performance to the DREAMers before her soulful rendition of the politically-charged song.
Andra Day was accompanied by up a full band as she sang soulfully in front of a white screen illuminated with the message “Stand For Something” in multiple languages. The song’s co-writer Diane Warren was on the keys, according to Billboard. Common joined Day on stage midway through the song to deliver a powerful rap interlude punctuated by the drums and jazzy chords.
“Stand Up For Something” has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song at the Oscars. Common and Day will perform the song at the awards show on March 4, as will the other nominees in the category, including Mary J. Blige, Gael Garcia Bernal, Natalia LaFourcade, Miguel, Keala Settle and Sufjan Stevens, according to an announcement from the Oscars on Feb. 23.
The song “Stand Up For Something” was written by Diane Warren and Common for the movie Marshall, which about Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice.
Hip-Hop artist Common won the Oscar in 2015 for the song “Glory,” which was composed and recorded for the movie Selma. Diane Warren has been nominated for a total of nine Academy Awards.
The 90th Annual Academy Awards will be presented on March 4 and will be televised live on ABC Television Network. The show will be hosted by late-night comedian Jimmy Kimmel.