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John Legend and Ava Duvernay honored by the Smithsonian


John Legend, Common and Ava DuVernay at a commemorative march to the Edmund Pettus Bridge in January, 2015 in Selma, Alabama; Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Paramount PicturesJohn Legend and Ava Duvernay worked together on the Oscar nominated film Selma, and now they’re being honored by the Smithsonian Institution.

Legend and Duvernay are among the winners of the sixth annual American Ingenuity Awards. Legend is being honored for performing arts, while Duvernay is being recognized in the visual arts category. Duvernay, of course, directed Selma, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture. Legend won an Oscar for Best Original Song with Common for “Glory” which was featured on the Selma soundtrack.

The American Ingenuity Awards will be presented November 29 at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. Presenters at the event will include Quincy Jones, saxophonist Branford Marsalis, and David Oyelowo, who starred as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma.

Also on November 29, as part of the Smithsonian Ingenuity Festival, Legend will discuss his career at the National Museum of American History, while Duvernay and Oyelowo will appear together to talk about “the new black Hollywood” at National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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