Hot on the heels of original coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, Legend was declared the 2019 recipient of the magazine's annual honor. And it's an honor the crooner says is both exciting and scary.
"It's a lot of pressure," the EGOT winner told the outlet. "Everyone's going to be picking me apart to see if I'm sexy enough to hold this title."
But that wasn't the only pressure the 40-year-old was feeling. "I'm [also] following Idris Elba, which is not fair and is not nice to me!" he joked, referring to last year's honoree.
Legend did say that he was excited to have "finally" impressed his wife, who was all about the honor on social media. Last night, after the cover was announced, she updated her profile to read, "currently sleeping with people's sexiest man alive." Then began the stream of hilarious reaction posts, including one reading, "my secret is out. I have fulfilled my dream of having boned @people's sexiest man alive!! an honor!!!!!"
"I cannot WAIT for people to get mad about John being the sexiest man alive. it's my new Starbucks holiday cup," she continued. "no don't send it to me please. I like to see these people naturally, in the wild."
Teigen also clapped back a critic on Twitter who tweeted, "Wholeheartedly disagree. Highly doubt he could throw me over his shoulder when needed, or defend me better than I can." Her response: "can I try to throw you"
As a former "Sexiest Man Alive" himself, Shelton was given the honor of publicly announcing Legend's latest accolade, doing it from their side-by-side rotating chairs during the first live eviction episode of "The Voice."
"Ladies and gentlemen, the man, the myth, the Legend," Shelton proclaimed, pointing to his fellow coach before revealing the cover. But Shelton wasn't even done there.
"You already came into this show with an EGOT," he told Legend. "And then you won 'The Voice,' so it became a VEGOT. He then unfolded a pair of cut-off jean shorts with Legend's newest acronym plastered across the butt in giant sparkly letters: VEGOTSMA.Shelton, though, wasn't so lucky as People also reported that his girlfriend and fellow coach Gwen Stefani decided to help him celebrate Legend's win by plastering an oversized image of his cover on Shelton's trailer.
In a video posted to Stefani's Instagram Stories, Shelton took it in stride, though, laughing and calling Legend his "protege."