Each year, People magazine crowns one man as its “Sexiest Man Alive.” While “Grey’s Anatomy” fans are rejoicing at “Dr. McDreamy,” formally known as Patrick Dempsey, finally getting his flowers, here at theGrio, we’ve had our eyes on some of the other finalists included in the 2023 issue.
This year’s list highlighted some of the culture’s longtime celebrity crushes, from Lenny Kravitz to Usher to Jamie Foxx. Usher, who recently turned 45, has recently been making headlines for his ongoing Las Vegas residency and upcoming 2024 Super Bowl Halftime Show performance. Making attendees feel like his personal “superstar,” celebrities like Issa Rae, Taraji P. Henson and Keke Palmer have been serenaded by the award-winning performer. Usher’s smooth vocals and suave charisma have had fans swooning since he first rose to fame as a teenager, and this remains true today.
Alongside Usher was fellow R&B artist and Oscar-winning actor and comedian Jamie Foxx. In April, Foxx experienced a health scare, leaving him hospitalized and fans concerned. Since then, the actor has spoken about his recovery, thanking fans for their outpouring of support.
“I went through something that I thought I would never, ever go through,” he said in an Instagram post. “I went to hell and back, and my road to recovery has some potholes as well, but I’m coming back. I’m able to work.”
Although Foxx’s medical condition remains undisclosed, this year alone, the Oscar award-winning actor has starred in six movies, including Netflix’s “They Cloned Tyrone.”
Lastly, People magazine honored 59-year-old rock star Lenny Kravitz. Through the decades, the Grammy award-winning singer has been known to show off his always-toned physique, and age has not changed that. Last month, Kravitz proved he’s still got it in the NSFW music video for his latest single, TK421.
While Foxx, Kravitz and Usher each exude their own unique sex appeal and swagger, they are just a few of the many Black men who are aging like fine wine. Here are several we think also merit a “sexiest man” nod:
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