Adam Levine's ego took a hit almost immediately after he was named People magazine's 2013 Sexiest Man Alive, because his fiancee Behati Prinsloo found the new title hilarious.

The Maroon 5 frontman was officially unveiled as the successor to Channing Tatum on Tuesday (19Nov13), but he admits not everyone was impressed with his latest honour.

He reveals he casually broke the news to Victoria's Secret lingerie model Prinsloo by asking her out on a date, saying, "Hey, how ya doing? Let's go to dinner tonight. And People magazine says I'm the Sexiest Man Alive.'"

But her response wasn't quite what he had expected: "(She reacted with) laughter, a lot of laughter. She's keeping me humble."

Levine admits he is determined not the let the high praise go to his head, and he knows his friends and family will be helping to keep his feet on the ground by constantly poking fun at him.

He says, "It's hard to talk about it because you feel like you owe it to be kind of self-deprecating about it because it is an iconic thing, but also silly. I'm not going to comment on anything other than it's really flattering and I feel lucky...

"It's going to hit me when I'm constantly the butt of every joke every friend and family member makes for the next 20 years of my life, but I'm ready to handle it all."

Others named on the annual 'hot list' include singers Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars, Pharrell Williams and Luke Bryan, soccer star and model David Beckham, actors Idris Elba and Chris Pine and Jennifer Aniston's fiance, Justin Theroux.