Gwen Stefani is celebrating the 15th anniversary of her debut solo album Love. Angel. Music. Baby. and she’s marking the occasion with a sweet medley performance of tracks from the album.
The musician appeared on last night’s episode of The Voice where she was tearing through three of the big hits off the record.
Stefani kicked off the performance with the intro to “What You Waiting For?” before sliding into a banging rendition of “Hollaback Girl.” Sure, she couldn’t swear in the track like normal since it was on live TV but Stefani did a fantastic job of censoring the lyrics without ruining the song.
From there, the No Doubt leader brought out Eve for a throwback rendition of their song “Rich Girl.” The performance was complete with matching visuals for each song and choreographed dancers.
You can watch the Love. Angel. Music. Baby. medley in the player below.
This Gwen Stefani throwback is B-A-N-A-N-A-S. 🍌
Posted by The Voice on Tuesday, November 26, 2019
The Talk also featured a behind-the-scenes clip of Eve and Stefani discussing the performance on their show prior to it happening. You can check that out below.
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Last week, Stefani addressed claims of cultural appropriation relating to her song “Harajuku Girls” as the album’s anniversary arrived.
Stefani embarked on a North American tour for the album titled the “Harajuku Lovers Tour.” She was often accompanied by four Japanese backup dancers who were called Harajuku Girls during her shows and promotional events.
Since then, people have accused the singer of cultural appropriation by using the Harajuku subculture as a marketing strategy.
Stefani sat down with Billboard to address the topic, saying “When it first came out, I think people understood that it was an artistic and literal bow down to a culture that I was a superfan of.”
“I wanted to write a song that talked about my love for Harajuku. When you’re from Anaheim and never traveled outside of your city until you’re 21 years old, it was really crazy to go to Japan. My dad went there a lot because he worked with Yamaha motorcycles, so I had a fascination from a young age. When I got there and saw how fashion-obsessed they were, I thought they were my people, because my style was so unique. I get a little defensive when people [call it culture appropriation], because if we didn’t allow each other to share our cultures, what would we be? You take pride in your culture and have traditions, and then you share them for new things to be created.”
You can read more on her comments here.
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