Gwen Stefani dazzled and delighted last night (Dec. 12) in her NBC holiday special which was titled after her chart-topping 2017 Christmas album, You Make It Feel Like Christmas. Stefani sparkled through several beautiful costume changes for an array of skits and musical performances. A star-studded lineup of musical guests was on hand to help the Grammy-winning pop rocker spread some holiday cheer including her fellow “Voice” coach and current beau Blake Shelton. Stefani gave sage advice to her “younger self” in a sweet recurring skit. She also played opposite Chelsea Handler as an adorable naughty Elf on the Shelf.
All the musical numbers were fabulous including a cute “Jingle Bells” opener that featured children dancing and playing instruments while Stefani sang. Though it’s admittedly hard to narrow our favorites down, we’ve ranked our Top 5 best musical moments from Gwen Stefani’s inaugural Christmas TV special below.
The iconic No Doubt front woman closed a spectacular night of song with her shimmering version of one of the most beloved Christmas classics of all time. She was dressed in a long white gown and snow drifted down from the ceiling as she sang “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas ...” She looked like an elegant snow queen in this marvelous musical moment and it was a perfect way to end the show. Stefani also earned a spot in our 7 best musical moments from the 2017 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade ranking for her performance of the song at the time-honored holiday parade.
This performance followed a hilarious sketch in which Stefani tried to chat up Santa’s right-hand man (played by Ken Jeong) to show him some new North Pole fashions. He crinkled his face at all of them until Santa himself appeared and flipped over Stefani’s black leather Santa suit which was trimmed in white fur and could be perfect for Mrs. Claus. Stefani hit the stage in her own short-skirted, sequined Santa outfit, complete with a red-and-white Santa hat. She sang the flirty, bluesy song in the middle of similarly-dressed Santa dancers. It was a fun, feel-good number! Stefani also performed the song on "The Today Show" last month.
3. Gwen Stefani and Ne-Yo – “Last Christmas”
Christmas is such a magical season and no song captures the essence of the hope for true love at the holidays better than Wham! duo Andrew Ridgeley and George Michael’s indelible Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 track. Late, great singer-songwriter George Michael penned and produced the song, which was originally released in 1984. Several artists have covered it since. Gwen Stefani and Ne-Yo’s take on it was truly a pop-rock/R&B treat.
2. Gwen Stefani and Seth MacFarlane – “Let It Snow”
Many of us are so used to seeing Seth MacFarlane’s comedic film and TV projects like “Family Guy” and “Ted” that we forget the Grammy-nominated recording artist is such an excellent singer. He joined Stefani on stage for a lovely duet of “Let It Snow” which can easily be branded as a standout moment in the show.
1. Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton – “You Make It Feel Like Christmas”
The openly affectionate pair of sweethearts took the stage together to sing the album and special’s title track while keeping their eyes completely trained on each other. They co-wrote the song together with Justin Tranter and Michael Busbee. It was fun to see them swap fashion sense with Shelton glamming it up with a sparkly black tie, black shirt and black jacket while Stefani rocked some of Shelton’s signature casual style by wearing a festive red plaid dress.
The song itself is upbeat, fun, and romantic and these two just “sleighed” it. They shared a sweet hug at the end as the audience screamed and applauded. Hands down, Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton’s cheery “You Make It Feel Like Christmas” duet earns the top spot on our ranking as the best musical moment of the night. You can watch their performance in the video above.
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