John Legend — one of only 15 stars to achieve EGOT status last year — makes history once more as the 40-year-old singer/artist has now been crowned PEOPLE’s Sexiest Man Alive for 2019.

After taking home his first Grammy award in 2006, Legend continues his ascent to stardom along with his outspoken wife Chrissy Teigen. While taking part in a variety of different large-scale and intense projects throughout the years, the Ohio native remains down to earth, speaking on social issues that affect many oppressed communities throughout the United States and abroad.

“I was excited, but I was a little scared at the same time because it’s a lot of pressure,” the entertainer told PEOPLE in this week’s cover story. He also addressed the big shoes he has to fill: “Everyone’s going to be picking me apart to see if I’m sexy enough to hold this title. I’m [also] following Idris Elba, which is not fair and is not nice to me!”

Check out some of the pictures that show off this year’s sexiest man alive, John Legend, below.

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