Word leaked over the weekend that The Voice coach snagged the honor, but now it’s official. Blake Shelton is People Magazine’s 2017 Sexiest Man Alive. He’s only the fourth man to receive the honor that wasn’t an actor. John F. Kennedy Jr., Adam Levine and David Beckham being the others.
The 41-year-old singer jokingly tweeted after the official announcement, “Thank you @people!!!! Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful….” The 6’5″ Oklahoma native is the first country artist to earn the title.
Before Shelton, a total of 29 men have scored the Sexiest Man Alive title. Mel Gibson was the glossy’s first recipient back in 1985. Over the years, Matthew McConaughey, Hugh Jackman, Harrison Ford, Tom Cruise and Channing Tatum have graced the annual cover.
Richard Gere, Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Johnny Depp have all snagged the title twice. The oldest and youngest man to snag the honor were Sean Connery and JFK Jr. who were 59 and 27 at the time of their covers.
Interestingly, only two Sexiest Men Alive selections have died since receiving the honor: John F. Kennedy Jr. and Patrick Swayze.
Given his competitive relationship with fellow Voice coach, Adam Levine, Shelton couldn’t resist sticking it to him. “I can’t wait to shove this up Adam’s ass,” Shelton says. “As proud as I am and honored that you guys asked me, that’s really the only thing I care about.” Watch Blake unveil his cover to Adam below.
How do you think Shelton compares with previous selections? Check out all the covers since 2000 below and weigh in on which one is the sexiest in our poll.
People’s Sexiest Men Alive
2000 – Brad Pitt
2001 – Pierce Brosnan
2002 – Ben Affleck
2003 – Johnny Depp
2004 – Jude Law
2005 – Matthew McConaughey
2006 – George Clooney
2007 – Matt Damon
2008 – Hugh Jackman
2009 – Johnny Depp
2010 – Ryan Reynolds
2011 – Bradley Cooper
2012 – Channing Tatum
2013 – Adam Levine
2014 – Chris Hemsworth
2015 – David Beckham
2016 – Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson
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