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.
“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:
For more, head to the magazine’s website. The print edition hits newsstands on Friday.