It was no surprise that "Glory" from Selma took the Oscar for Best Original Song. What was surprising, however, were the names that were announced as winners:
John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn.
Sorta weird that Common and John Legend get identified by their real names when none of the actors do. http://t.co/AiLQUM0Dta— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) February 23, 2015
Stephens and Lynn are actually, respectively, Legend's and Common's birth names. And, as Bustle points out, the Academy is a sucker for formalities, so it makes sense they would go with the names on the artists' birth certificates. The two most likely submitted themselves to the Academy with their legal names, since both Legend and Common are registered with the ASCAP (The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers) under their birth names.