But how, I hear you cry.
Well, it’s partly a mess of Legend’s own making and partly that of his wife, model Chrissy Teigen, who just couldn’t help herself.
Being the humble LAD that he is, after hearing the news, Legend took to Twitter and posted a photo of himself alongside Idris Elba, saying just how surprised he was at following the Luther actor as the most sought after man on the planet.
And it didn’t take long before Legend’s missus decided to get involved. She just had to know.
Responding to her hubby’s post, 33-year-old said: “Yeah but let’s see an @idriselba pic from 1995 (probs still very hot).”
And to be fair, Teigen was not wrong. At all.
The British actor had a dig around for some pictures of a younger self but eventually stumbled across one from around the same time, showing a fresh-faced Luther with a teeny-weeny tash.
Legend never really stood a chance, did he? Even Teigen was impressed, responding to the pic she said: “Sorry @JohnLegend I tried!!!”
But she wasn’t the only one. Since the photo was shared to his account, fans have been flooding his page with comments.
One follower wrote: “It ain’t right to be this blessed.”
A second commented: “Wowser!”
“Imagine being fine. For decades,” said a third eager fan.
While another thanked Legend’s wife for pulling on the thread, adding: “@chrissyteigen You knew what you were doing with that setup and now we been blessed with his picture.”
But being the bloody great guy that he is, Idris congratulated his pal on the award – and took a little dig at previous winner, The Rock.
Sharing Legend’s post, the actor said: “My G Congratulations brother !!! You deserve it. DO NOT TELL @TheRock He still thinks he’s got the title, I didn’t have the heart to tell him when I took it.”