Gwen Stefani makes Grand Ole Opry debut

It's odd times when punk princess Gwen Stefani goes to the Opry.
May 11, 2020 12:04 p.m. EST
May 12, 2020 2:45 p.m. EST
One tiny lockdown upside? It’s a lot easier to pin down two busy music superstars for a double virtual performance (providing that they’re living together). While Gwen Stefani’s "Just A Girl" Las Vegas residency is on hold indefinitely, the singer has been holed up on an Oklahoma ranch with partner Blake Shelton—the perfect recipe for one punk princess to make her debut at the legendary country music venue, the Grand Ole Opry.When the Opry asked Shelton to participate in a performance to raise funds for combatting COVID-19, they didn’t realize they’d be getting a special double bill. Enter: Stefani (sporting a very venue-appropriate Western-style jacket and jean cutoffs). She joined Blake at the mic to belt out their duet "Nobody But You," a song the two coincidentally sang together in Las Vegas right before the pandemic closed Stefani's show down. Check out the livestream below at the 34-minute mark.
“The Opry is home of country music, but we also love nothing more than having someone outside the genre come in and say how much the Opry has meant to them,” the venue's VP Dan Rogers said. Stefani was also pumped for the unconventional debut, exclaiming, "Is this happening? Am I really on the Grand Ole Opry?" in a clip released ahead of the Saturday night show.[video_embed id='1942610']RELATED: These stars put on an unforgettable performance at ‘One World: Together at Home’[/video_embed]Gwen and Blake have been taking their "Nobody But You" duet all over the place (and by "all over the place," we mean in the virtual sense). They've appeared together on multiple shows, including The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (weeknights at 11:35 on CTV2) and even released an acoustic version off the success of their at-home performances. The accompanying music video features the rolling Oklahoma countryside as a backdrop, but as a sign of the times, it looks like the whole video was filmed on an upright smartphone.[video_embed id='1955444']BEFORE YOU GO: Lily Allen and David Harbour spark engagement rumours[/video_embed]

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