Adam Levine Calls Sexiest Man Honors 'A Great Choice'


Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Levine

updated 11/21/2013 AT 12:50 AM EST

originally published 11/21/2013 AT 12:25 AM EST

Adam Levine, PEOPLE's newly anointed Sexiest Man Alive, admitted that "becoming this cool, confident and seductive has been quite a journey."

"A lot of people trivialize this sort of thing. They say it's shallow and think it's just a media stunt used to sell magazines and perpetuate the image of Hollywood being based on looks. And that's totally true," the Maroon 5 frontman, not being entirely serious, said on Wednesday night's Jimmy Kimmel Live. "But I'm completely cool with that."

He thanked his mother and father – "both incredibly sexy," he said, "especially my dad ... thanks, man" – and "Ryan Gosling for turning this down constantly. That really helped my campaign."

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He also tipped his hat to his predecessors, "George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, George Clooney, George Clooney, Brad PItt, Johnny Depp and George Clooney, of course."

Clutching an Oscar-like statue with a vanity mirror where the head should be, Levine additionally acknowledged 1992 choice Nick Nolte and displayed a mock PEOPLE cover with the actor's mug shot.

"People of America," said Levine of this year's SMA, "great choice. And you're welcome."

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