Around this time last year, the internet exploded because People magazine committed a crime against humanity: They named Blake Shelton the sexiest man alive. It seems, though, after 365 days (give or take) of introspection, the publication has finally got it right. In 2018, the "Sexiest Man Alive" honor goes to Idris Elba. And let's be honest: It's long overdue.

The cover was debuted by Jimmy Fallon on "The Tonight Show," and naturally, Fallon made Elba, 46, put his sexiness to the test by asking him to give his best smolder and sweet looks. He aced it, obviously. 

The actor also discussed the honor in an interview with People, of course. And let's just say he is fully aware of how sexy he is. "I was like, ‘Come on, no way. Really?'" Elba told People when he first heard he won the title. "Looked in the mirror, I checked myself out. I was like, 'Yeah, you are kind of sexy today.' But to be honest, it was just a nice feeling. It was a nice surprise — an ego boost for sure."

In case you don't know, Elba is known for his breakthrough role as drug kingpin Russell "Stringer" Bell on "The Wire," his portrayal of Norse God and Asgardian gatekeeper Heimdall in the "Thor" franchise, and as DCI John Luther on the BBC One series "Luther," among other roles. Aside from acting, he's also a DJ, producer, businessman, and basically just a jack-of-all-trades.

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Elba is People's 33rd "Sexiest Man Alive," and shockingly only the third man of color to win the honor. Yes, sadly, all but three of the winners have been white. Before Elba, there's just Denzel Washington (1996) and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson (2016).

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Basically the entire world is in agreement that this title is long overdue for Elba.

I mean, look at him.

Some think it's a sign of hope.

And they aren't exactly wrong?!

In fact, Elba used his platform as the world's sexiest man to encourage people to vote!

What a mighty good man (say it again now). 

Basically, men and women both are in full agreement that Elba deserves this honor.

Please enjoy this super-sensual gif of Elba smiling, and then go out and vote. That is all.

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