John Legend, People's Sexiest Man Alive? He's surprised too

Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Entertainment News

John Legend -- a man who has spurred several memes for his uncanny resemblance to Arthur the aardvark -- has just been crowned People's Sexiest Man Alive of 2019. And he's as shocked as anyone.

The EGOT winner humbly reacted to Tuesday's announcement on Twitter by sharing a side-by-side photo of himself and last year's pick, Idris Elba, to illustrate his surprise. Meanwhile, his wife and social media connoisseur Chrissy Teigen wasted no time taking advantage of the occasion to churn out comedic content of her own.

"1995 John would be very perplexed to be following 2018 @IdrisElba as #SexiestManAlive," the "All of Me" singer captioned a collage of a spectacle-clad, younger version of himself (hey, Arthur!) alongside the muscular action star. "Hell, 2019 John is about as equally perplexed but thank you @People for finding me sexy. I'll take it."

Teigen, who also gladly participated in the Arthur meme craze, hilariously trolled her husband yet again in a string of tweets, which included the hashtag #EGOTPSMA (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony, People's Sexiest Man Alive), an important report that "the sexiest man alive just made me a ham sandwich" and a long string of "hahahas" in reaction to the singer-songwriter's smoldering interactive magazine cover.

She also updated her bio to read, "currently sleeping with people's sexiest man alive."

"@johnlegend come home please," she tweeted last night after the news broke. "We want to make fun of you in person."


Legend wasn't the only one "perplexed" by his new title. Twitter was also quick to voice its confusion, with many once again comparing him to Arthur, contrasting him with Elba or offering their own alternative options, from Jason Momoa to Keanu Reeves.

Others were quick to point out some past controversial choices, such as country singer Blake Shelton and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine, who nabbed their honors in 2017 and 2013, respectively.

"All I'm saying is People magazine once crowned Blake Shelton sexiest man alive and they cannot be trusted," one user wrote.

And some sensed a suspicious trend, noting that Legend, Shelton and Levine have all served as musical coaches on NBC's "The Voice" at one point or another.


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