How Adam Levine Spent His Very Sexy Year
HE SEDUCED THE SMA GODS
With moves like Jagger and abs of steel, Adam Levine's tattooed allure could no longer be denied when PEOPLE declared him Sexiest Man Alive in November 2013 – an honor the Maroon 5 frontman hadn't even dared dream of. "As a musician you have fantasies that you want to win Grammys, but I didn't really think that this was on the table. It's totally surreal, funny and amazing," the rocker told PEOPLE.
HE WON AGAIN – ON THE VOICE
Levine hit a high note in December 2013, when Team Adam singer Tessanne Chin won season 5 of The Voice. Ever the dramatic showman, proud mentor Levine dropped to his knees as he handed the trophy to his protégée. "I'm just super happy to share with him, too, because he's an amazing coach," Chin told PEOPLE. "He's passionate, dedicated and funny." Even more triumphant: Levine ended sparring partner Blake Shelton's three-year winning streak.
HE HIT THE BIG SCREEN
From music to television to movies … the SMA proved he can do it all. Life imitated art in June, when Levine made his feature film debut in Begin Again, playing a rocker on the rise. "I was worried, but I had to pretend like I wasn't," he admitted to PEOPLE. Jitters aside, the newcomer earned praise from costar Keira Knightley. "He's a born entertainer," she said. "He's an absolute natural actor."
HE PUT A RING ON IT
Admitting he went in his bachelor days, the reformed party boy became a married man in July when he wed Victoria's Secret model Behati Prinsloo in Los Cabos, Mexico. And he couldn't help but gush about his newfound maturity: "Wife, wife, wife. I love that term," he told Ellen DeGeneres. To Ryan Seacrest, he added: "If it's the right marriage, if it's the right person, the guy feels a little bit more like a man."
HE TOPPED THE CHARTS
A hitmaker above all else, Levine's trademark falsetto was back in full swing on Maroon 5's new album, V, in September (it debuted as No. 1 on the Billboard 200). "As a frontman, he's as dynamic and engaging as anybody on rock's main stage right now," Entertainment Weekly wrote. But the pop star proved he's mastered not just his own style, as he sang spot-on impersonations of stars like Frank Sinatra and Eddie Vedder during an epic appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
HE GOT DOWN & DIRTY … REAL DIRTY
In the age-old love story of a stalker-butcher obsessed with his customer, Levine and wife Prinsloo went primal in Maroon 5's in September. Between the predatory stares, gritty slabs of raw meat, totally nude makeout sessions and huge splatters of blood, he pretty much ticked off any remaining boxes in the "edgy" category – and got people actually talking about music videos again.