On hearing the news, Shelton reportedly joked that the magazine must be “running out of people.” His girlfriend, singer Gwen Stefani, encouraged him to accept the accolade, he added.
Shelton said he couldn’t wait to taunt his fellow “The Voice” coach Adam Levine with the award. Levine garnered the honor in 2013.
“As proud as I am and honored that you guys asked me, that’s really the only thing I care about,” Shelton lightheartedly told People, which announced the news Tuesday.
People also released this clip of Shelton informing Levine about the honor:
Shelton, meanwhile, used Twitter to poke fun at his new title: