Gwen Stefani of ’90s Band No Doubt Receives Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
Gwen Stefani is feeling nostalgic as she receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. No doubt (pun, intended) it is long overdue for the singer, Voice coach, fashion brand owner, mom, and wife of country singer Blake Shelton. Back in July, Stefani posted a photo of her younger self and wrote, “Who’s gonna tell her she’s receiving a Hollywood Walk of Fame Star?! This feels like a dream.”
Although it may seem like a dream to Stefani, other stars in the industry know how well-deserved the recognition is. Musician Shirley Manson shared, “She’s shown over three decades that she has a really good instinct for how to survive as a female artist in a very difficult business that gives women, for the most part, very little reverential praise. People were excited by Gwen right from the start — but I don’t think anybody really knew just how far she was going to run.”
Stefani is the singer of No Doubt, a ska-punk band that rose to fame in the 1990s. Their 1995 album Tragic Kingdom became a 10-million-selling diamond album. When she went solo, her song “Hollaback Girl” was a No. 1 hit single. Before seemingly every star had their own brand, she created her own fashion line called L.A.M.B. In recent years, she has been a beloved coach on The Voice, helping to shape new singers.
While Stefani has released a few hits in recent years, she has not released an album since 2016 but promises one is coming. Stefani revealed that she wrote around 30 songs during the pandemic but has no plans to record them… yet. She explained, “Of course I want to share them. And I do — with my hairdresser, with my friends, I sent one to my sister in law. ‘Oh my god! I wrote a song!’ It never gets old. I have about seven songs that I’m kind of obsessed with. Those are the ones I’m excited about putting out.”
At the Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony, Stefani was surrounded by her loved ones, including Shelton and her three sons, whom she shares with ex-husband Gavin Rossdale. She thanked fans for coming out to celebrate as well and added, “It means a lot because I think when you have such a long journey like I have –look, I have tears– you know, since I’m 17, I’ve been writing these songs, never thought anything would ever happen. Nine years being in the garage, doing what we wanted to do, not trying to make it, not trying to be a star, really. And next thing you know, here we are, a permanent star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. What? And it does feel like a flash.”