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It’s official. Country superstar Blake Shelton is the “Sexiest Man Alive.”

NASHVILLE, TN – JUNE 07: Blake Shelton performs onstage during the 2017 CMT Music awards at the Music City Center on June 7, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

This marks the first time People magazine’s coveted prize goes to a country music singer. The eight-time Grammy award nominee and The Voice co-host joins the ranks of Sean Connery, Tom Cruise, George Clooney, and Johnny Depp.

Shelton, who has five platinum albums and four gold albums, is the 33rd man to be declared the sexiest on earth since People began the award back in 1985 (the first recipient was Mel Gibson).

Shelton and singer Gwen Stefani have been dating since 2015. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images).

The “Doin’ What She Likes” singer was taken aback when he first heard he’d been selected as the world’s top representation of masculinity.

When asked what went through his mind when he learned of the recognition, Shelton replied “That y’all must be running out of people. Like, Wow, we’re down to somebody who is somewhat symmetrical.”

NASHVILLE, TN – JUNE 06: Blake Shelton celebrates the expansion of Smithworks Vodka in Nashville, Tennessee at karaoke bar WannaBs on June 6, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Smithworks Vodka)

Shelton, 41, credits his girlfriend of two years, singer and fellow The Voice co-host Gwen Stefani, with convincing him to accept the “Sexiest Man Alive” title.

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LAS VEGAS, NV – MAY 22: Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani backstage at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena on May 22, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Todd Williamson/BBMA2016/Getty Images for Billboard)

“She goes, ‘Listen to me, you’re going to regret this for the rest of your life if you don’t take this gift and just live in the moment.”

The country icon also took a moment to throw a jab at another of his co-hosts from The Voice, Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine–who won People‘s “Sexiest Man” award in 2013 and with whom Shelton has a long-time playful rivalry.

“I can’t wait to shove this up Adam’s ass,” Shelton said. “As proud as I am and honored that you guys asked me, that’s really the only thing I care about.”

In fact, Shelton has been openly basking in his win on social media, making good use of the hashtag #donthatemebecauseimbeautiful.

Apparently, the country star can imbue even the most mundane activities with “sexiness.”

The “Sexist Man Alive” also relished the release of a new Blake Shelton emoji on Twitter.

Needless to say, his fans are thrilled at the announcement.

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Shelton has a tour scheduled for 2018, and will kick off February 15 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The set will include songs from his new album, Texoma Shore.

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