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Adam Levine, People's contentious "Sexiest Man Alive"

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Adam LevineMaroon 5 singer Adam Levine's selection as People's Sexiest Man Alive has rankled many. (Charles Sykes/Invision/Associated Press)

Poor Adam Levine. Sure, he snagged the frothy pop culture title of People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive this week, but reaction to the Maroon 5 frontman's win has been as prickly as his trademark stubble.

People revealed the 2013 pick on Tuesday, the first non-actor chosen in years.

"As a musician, you have fantasies that you want to win Grammys, but I didn't really think that this was on the table," Levine told the mag.

"I was just amazed and stunned and it almost seemed like they were kidding, but they weren't, so that's cool."

Online reaction to the choice of the 34-year-old singer-songwriter, jumpy judge on TV singing contest The Voice and serial Victoria's Secret supermodel dater has been a resounding thumbs-down.

"Not. Even. Close." declared one online critic.

"If scrawny body, giraffe-necked, 2-day stubble guys with hair growth creeping down their necks are 'in,' then yes, I can see why People chose this guy!" blasted another.

Sassy site Jezebel's NSFW takedown featured a lengthy list of questionable, cringeworthy quotes drawn from the singer's past interviews, while Slate's examination branded him "a mass-produced parody of what an "alternative" dreamboat is supposed to be."

Has populist favourite People lost its touch (and "its heat"), after having tapped recent and timely choices like Channing Tatum (fresh off Magic Mike) and Bradley Cooper (post-Hangover and pre-Silver Linings Playbook), wondered in a thoughtful take.

Other outlets voiced a tongue-in-cheek protest simply by issuing a competing list of sexy men they felt more worthy of the mantle previously held by George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Denzel Washington.

You might hate his music, the irrepressible libido he endlessly demonstrates (and brags about) or maybe everything about him. Needless to say his many #TeamAdam fans have his back. And Levine gets at least one brownie point for showing that he's able to poke fun at himself and the frivolous People honour during a visit to Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Most importantly, he reminded us of a key point to remember amid all of this kerfuffle: "Ryan Gosling, thanks for turning this down constantly."

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