​John Legend: Living up to his name


Singer-songwriter John Legend.

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"All of Me" is a love song from John Legend, dedicated to his real-life love. Our Rita Braver sits him down to chat For The Record:

If there is a love song of the moment, it is "All of Me":

'Cause all of me
Loves all of you.
Love your curves and all your edges,
All your perfect imperfections.
Give your all to me,
I'll give my all to you.
You're my end and my beginning.
Even when I lose I'm winning.
'Cause I give you all of me, And you give me all of you.

And it turns out that John Legend is singing it for the woman in the video: his wife of 17 months, model Chrissy Teigen -- the one with all those "perfect imperfections."

"Every woman would love the man that she loves to think that about her," said Braver.

"Sure, and I think every man wants that, too," said Legend. "And that's the best kind of love, is that one that even though everybody has faults, you're embracing them -- faults and all."

John Legend performs "America the Beautiful"

"It's nice to be able to hear when people feel it as much as we do," said Teigen.

And she considers Legend's own imperfections to be more like "perfections."

"John knows a lot about everything," she said, "and it's frustrating and its amazing. It sucks, because you get proven wrong all the time! But I love that about him."

And these days the whole world seems to love the 36-year old Legend. While "All of Me" received a Grammy nomination, the song he co-wrote for the movie "Selma" may be destined for even bigger things.

The song, called "Glory," won a Golden Globe Award, and it's been nominated for an Oscar.

Reflecting on past and current civil rights struggles, Legend wrote the chorus:

One day, when the glory comes,
It will be ours, it will be ours.
One day, when the war is won,
We will be sure, we will be here sure.
Oh, glory, glory.

Common wrote the verse.

The movement is a rhythm to us
Freedom is like religion to us
Justice is juxtaposition in us
Justice for all just ain't specific enough.

It all took on special meaning when they traveled to Selma last month.

"This is definitely one of the greatest moments I've had in my life, to be a part of this," said Common.

The film's cast and creators came to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the march that started on the bridge leading out of Selma.

Common and John Legend, with correspondent Rita Braver. CBS News

Braver asked, "Does it feel like you're on hallowed ground being down here?"

"I feel reverence and humility when I come here," said Legend, "because I understand the amount of sacrifice that went into the marches that went down here."