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Gwen Stefani Kicked Off Her Vegas Residency in Style

Las Vegas residencies are an opportunity for performers to go really, really big, and Gwen Stefani is no exception. Entertainment Tonight reported that the former No Doubt singer kicked off her 25-date Just a Girl residency on Wednesday with some major stage presence, including a super-sparkly costume, dancers riding giant bananas during “Hollaback Girl” and showgirls covered in feathers.

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Stefani performed songs from her lucrative solo career as well as songs from No Doubt’s discography, including “Spiderwebs.” The residency’s name also comes from one of the band’s most famous songs. ET reported that Stefani explained the significance of that in video montages that played between songs.

“Songwriting is the thing that helped me get my identity and my confidence and helped me to think I had any value at all in this world,” she said. “Being able to write my feelings in songs struck me. I didn’t know I had that in me, and I don’t think anyone around me expected it as well.

“It wasn’t until probably writing ‘Just a Girl,’ when I realized that the way that I felt was the way a lot of people felt and I was somehow able to put that into a song where people could relate,” Stefani continued. “That was when I started to realize that I could connect, and it felt so good.”

At one point, Stefani broke away from her own catalog to perform a cover of Rihanna’s “Umbrella,” saying, “It’s Vegas! We just do shit. I just do songs I wish I had for myself!”

ET reported that among Stefani’s costume changes was a cowgirl costume she said she was particularly fond of. “You don’t know what it’s like to be able to wear a cowgirl costume right in front of Blake Shelton,” she told the crowd. “This is like my fantasy come true, thanks for sharing it with me.”

Stefani shared several photos of herself and Shelton on Instagram prior to Wednesday’s inaugural performance, including some sweet snaps on her Story. Shelton also took to Twitter to support his girlfriend of three years before the show.

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Stefani’s Vegas residency is already off to an incredible start. Couching her performances in nostalgia for her decades-long career while also leaning into the glitz and glamour of the Strip is exactly what we would expect from Stefani. Her excitement is totally contagious. 

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