Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Either People magazine's readership is made up entirely of Voice viewers or Adam Levine hired PR geniuses, because the Maroon 5 rocker and television personality was an unexpected (and often unpopular) choice for the annual title of "Sexiest Man Alive."
Undaunted by the criticism, the 34-year-old Voice coach stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live Wednesday night to make an Oscars-like acceptance speech for his award, thanking perennial Internet favorite Ryan Gosling "for turning this down constantly."
"A lot of people kind of trivialize this sort of thing," Levine told Kimmel's audience. "They think it's shallow, they think it's just a silly media stunt used to sell magazines and perpetuate the image of Hollywood being based on looks."
"And that's totally true," he added. "But I'm completely cool with that."
Here's Levine's "acceptance speech" in full, as transcribed by Zap2It.
Thank you. This is a tremendous honor. Unbelievable. A lot of people kind of trivialize this sort of thing. They think it's shallow, they think it's just a silly media stunt used to sell magazines and perpetuate the image of Hollywood being based on looks. And that's totally true. It is. But I'm completely cool with that.
This award actually means everything to me. Becoming this cool, confident and seductive has been quite a journey. In fact, I made a list of people I would like to thank:
First and foremost, my mother and father, both incredibly sexy. Especially my dad, thanks man. I'd like to thank all my friends for constantly telling me how f***ing good I look. Thanks, boys.
Ryan Gosling, thank you for turning this down constantly. That really helped my campaign.
Of course, my predecessors -- George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, George Clooney, George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, and George Clooney, of course. And finally, I'd like to thank -- surprisingly, I'd like to thank Nick Nolte, People's Sexiest Man Alive 1992. For making me feel like maybe, maybe this award wasn't as out of reach as I might have once thought.
And thank you Justin Timberlake and Thor, have fun sniffing my super-sexy armpit in the corner over there.
There's one more thing I would really like to say -- People of America, great choice. And you're welcome.