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  • Elba FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2018, file photo, actor-director Idris Elba poses for a portrait to promote his film “Yardie” at the Music Lodge during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. On Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, Elba was named Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine. (Photo by Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP, File)

  • Stewart Jon Stewart attends the 12th annual Stand Up For Heroes benefit concert at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Brad Barket/Invision/AP)

Wednesday, November 07, 2018 1:00 am

People

Elba picked as People's Sexiest Man

Associated Press

People magazine has declared Idris Elba, the beloved British actor, the winner of this year's title of Sexiest Man Alive. Jimmy Fallon broke the news on “The Tonight Show,” as he revealed the cover to Elba, who appeared via satellite from London.

“Congratulations on being the sexiest man alive. We have the cover here,” Fallon said. “It refers to you as a sweet, smoldering superstar. Can we see a little smolder?”

Elba, 46, showed off his sweet and smoldering looks, to the delight of the studio audience. He also caught his first glimpse at the cover, and was very pleased.

“It's amazing, I'm really, really happy with that. Thank you so much, People magazine, for making me sexiest man in the world,” Elba said, flexing a bicep. “My mum is going to be very, very proud.”

Grande honored

The music industry is honoring Ariana Grande.

Billboard on Tuesday named the 25-year-old award-winning singer its 2018 Woman of the Year. Grande will receive the award at Billboard's 13th annual Women in Music event Dec. 6 in New York City.

Previous recipients include Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Madonna and Selena Gomez.

In a statement Billboard's vice president of content Ross Scarano says Grande “consistently stands up for herself and her decisions in a world that often isn't hospitable to that sort of strength in young women.”

In the past year, Grande had Top 40 hits including “No Tears Left to Cry.”

Stars raise money

Bruce Springsteen teamed up with country star Eric Church on a version of “Working on the Highway” and Jon Stewart laced into Donald Trump at a bawdy event Monday in New York that gathered comedians and musicians to help raise money for military veterans.

Springsteen, a vocal critic of several White House policies, avoided politics completely at the Stand Up for Heroes show, instead offering a few off-color jokes and four songs, including “Dancing in the Dark,” ''The Hard Land” and “If I Should Fall Behind” with his wife, Patti Scialfa.

The Boss, in jeans, a white shirt and a jean jacket, was returning to the event now in its 12 year, having been the musical guest since the beginning. Last year, the Red Hot Chili Peppers took his spot as he worked on his one-man “Springsteen on Broadway.”

Stand Up for Heroes is co-presented by the Bob Woodruff Foundation and the New York Comedy Festival.

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Actor Barry Newman is 80. Singer Johnny Rivers is 76. Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell is 75. Actor Christopher Knight is 61. Guitarist Greg Tribbett is 50. Actor Jeremy London is 46. Actor Jason London is 46. Actress Yunjin Kim is 45. Actor Adam DeVine is 35. Guitarist Zach Myers is 35. Actor Lucas Neff is 33. Rapper Tinie Tempah is 30. Singer Lorde is 22.