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We have smelled what the Rock is cooking  – and it’s some sort of sexy, sexy stew.

Yes, Dwayne Johnson’s appeal to women, men and small animals is certainly no secret, but today People magazine confirmed what millions of fans already knew:

Johnson is the sexiest man alive.

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People bestowed the WWE-wrestler-turned A-list movie star with its highest honor this morning.

(Fun fact: one of the first Sexiest Man Alive recipients was Nick Nolte in what was clearly a very, very different time.)

The magazine has drawn flak in the past for choosing stars who have projects to promote instead of giving Americans in the checkout lane the sexiness they deserve, dammit!

And while it’s true that Johnson’s animated film Moana (which, as a Disney movie with songs written by Lin-Manuel Miranda stands to make approximately all of the money) is soon to hit theaters, we can’t imagine much controversy over this decision.

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It’s hard to think of a more universally-beloved (and frequently lusted after) star than Johnson.

The man who brought the cocked eyebrow and the People’s Elbow into the ring was an unlikely choice for mainstream Hollywood success, but Johnson’s self-deprecating charm and winning smile made him a natural on the big screen.

Asked how he reacted to the news, Johnson replied:

“I said, ‘That’s awesome.’ And then what went through my mind was just how cool and exciting it is." 

“And then I thought, ‘Wow, we’ve pretty much reached the pinnacle.’ I’m not quite too sure where we go from here. I’ve done it all, this is it.”

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He also addressed the honor on his Twitter page this morning, writing:

"Still up at 4am trainin’ hard & takin’ care of my babies.. sexily;). Thank U @people & all the fans. Grateful for the luv!"

He added, with his trademark humor:

"And I smell good… on most days. Truly an honor. Sexy time."

Johnson was one of the highest-paid actors of 2016, and he may be on the verge of the biggest year of his career.

In addition to the aforementioned Moana, Johnson has a Baywatch adaptation, a Jumanji reboot, and another Fast and Furious sequel slated for 2017.

Yes, the people have smelled what the Rock is cooking.

And they have declared it sexy.