With No Doubt on hiatus all this past year, members of the band made many memorable appearances and performances on their own. Gwen spent the majority of 2016 promoting and touring her latest solo venture This Is What the Truth Feels Like which helped debut at #1 on the Billboard chart. She was also honored at several events this year including being the recipient of the Radio Disney Hero Award and being named one of Glamour magazine’s Women of the Year.
We wanted to look back and share some of the band’s most memorable appearances and performances from 2016 including TV spots, interviews, and special events. We’ll go more in-depth with a few of these in our upcoming Year in Review post coming later this week as well as our biggest stories from 2016.
January 10: Gwen appears on Real Talk with Mary J. Blige
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In one of her most revealing interviews of the year, Gwen joined Mary J. Blige for an episode of Real Talk, a weekly radio show that aired exclusively on Beats1 for AppleMusic. She opened up about her spiritual journey and the power of music and it was incredible to see Gwen and Mary connect on many levels. Gwen discussed going back on the road with No Doubt for their string of festival dates in 2015 and how the band’s old material impacted her now due to all the recent changes in her personal life. Gwen really let her guard down for the interview and it’s one of her most revealing and candid to date. It was refreshing and exciting to hear how excited she was about her new record and the work that went into it.
February 17: Gwen debuts “Make Me Like You” live on Jimmy Kimmel
Gwen debuted her second single from This Is What the Truth Feels Like, “Make Me Like You”, live for the first time on Jimmy Kimmel Live back on February 17. The new track kicked off a mini-concert that was put on for fans in the area. Gwen also sat down for an interview with Jimmy prior to hitting the stage where she discussed creating the first-ever live music video for “Make Me Like You” during the Grammy Awards the night before. The interview also sparked a little controversy with Gwen’s comment about DREAMCAR saying that she had only heard about Tom, Tony and Adrian’s new project recently. Tom later addressed the situation stating that reports coming out were false and that Gwen had actually been aware of the band’s plans for quite some time.
March 21: Gwen advises Team Blake on The Voice Season 10
Since her debut on season 7 of The Voice, Gwen has continued to stay close and connected with NBC’s juggernaut singing competition show. She returned earlier this year during season 10 as Team Blake’s advisor and helped mentor his artists throughout the Battle Rounds. Gwen and Blake’s chemistry was off-the-charts and you could tell how much respect and admiration that they have for each other. It will be fun to see them compete against one another again this February when Gwen returns back to coach for season 12 of The Voice.
Late March-Early April: Behind This Is What the Truth Feels Like
During late March through early April, Gwen seemed to be everywhere promoting her new and deeply personal album This Is What the Truth Feels Like. Many memorable interviews came from unlikely but welcome sources such as LinkedIn, AskAnything and a lovely feature on CBS’s Sunday Morning, where the crew was welcomed into her home for a chat about how she’s overcome heartbreak through songwriting. Gwen shared how wonderful it’s been for her to finally be in a place where she could write about being happy.
April 2: Gwen rocks SNL and goes viral with “Space Pants”
Gwen returned to SNL in early April and was invited to partake in a hilarious sketch with the cast and host Peter Dinklage. Titled “Mafia Meeting”, the sketch quickly went viral for “Space Pants”, a quirky 80s-themed song about pants and shorts covered in “intergalactic” patterns resembling our solar system. Gwen made a cameo as herself and came out during the sketch singing along to “Space Pants”. SNL later released a fully recorded version of the song on it’s YouTube page for fans. The sketch was everywhere for weeks after and critics and watchers of the show praised Gwen for her part in it.
April 9: Gwen appears on Sesame Street with “Be a Good Friend”
News of Gwen making an appearance on the iconic children’s show Sesame Street had made fans plenty excited and her episode aired in early April. She appeared in a special segment with Elmo and friends for “Be a Good Friend”, a cute and emoji-filled song about being faithful, sharing, and having fun. Gwen’s sing-songy rap reminded us of “Spark the Fire” and seemed fitting for the song. Plus she looked incredible and seemed to having a ball with the Sesame Street gang.
April 19: Gwen returns to The Voice with “Misery” performance
With one of her most memorable televised performances of the year, Gwen returned once again to The Voice stage with a dramatic and visually entertaining version of “Misery”. The song was given the ultimate stage upgrade with interesting tribal visuals and dancers. â€œMiseryâ€’s instrumental arrangement was also boosted up which gave the track more depth and sound than weâ€™re used to hearing on the record. The song was taken to a different level and came across huge and exciting â€” just what Gwen needed. It was also incredibly sweet to see Gwen singing directly to her muse Blake Shelton live on television.
April 31: Gwen accepts the Hero Award at the RDMA
Gwen was honored and presented with the Hero Award at the Radio Disney Music Awards in late April from close friend and collaborator, Pharrell Williams. Gwen was awarded for her spirit and influence on young minds and for continuing to be a positive rode model over the years. She shined on the red carpet before the event with niece Stella and treated fans to a surprise performance of “Make Me Like You” — on roller-skates!
May 4: Carpool Karaoke with James Corden (and George Clooney and Julia Roberts)
Gwen appeared on one of the most coveted and popular segments with The Late, Late Show‘s James Corden with Carpool Karaoke in early May. The hilarious sketch features the two jamming out and having a good time along to some of Gwenâ€™s biggest songs including â€œDonâ€™t Speakâ€, â€œThe Sweet Escapeâ€, â€œUsed To Love Youâ€, â€œRich Girlâ€, â€œHollaback Girlâ€ and Queenâ€™s â€œWe Are The Championsâ€. The pair were also joined by A-listers George Clooney and Julia Roberts making it one of the biggest Carpool Karaoke skits of the year. The clip quickly went viral and racked up close to 2 million views after debuting on YouTube shortly after it aired. Actress Julia Roberts had reached out to the show and said she would love to be apart of Carpool Karaoke if Gwen was involved since sheâ€™s such a huge fan.
Gwen was also included in the year-end clip of Carpool Karaoke featuring stars throughout the year singing along to Mariah Carey’s Christmas staple “All I Want for Christmas”.
May 9: Gwen and Blake debut “Go Ahead and Break My Heart” live
Though it never headed to radio, Blake Shelton’s “Go Ahead and Break My Heart” with Gwen was a smash partly due to the intimate performances from the pair over the summer. The song hit iTunes shortly after their debut performance on The Voice which was written together about letting go of their fears of moving on. Gwen’s sounds incredible on the country tune and her voice blends nicely with Blake’s. “Go Ahead and Break My Heart” appears on Blake’s latest album If I’m Honest which hit the #1 spot on the iTunes country chart. The powerful performance on The Voice captivated audiences and Gwen and Blake’s chemistry was undeniable.
July 20: Gwen appears on The Howard Stern Show
Gwen made her debut on radio host Howard Sternâ€™s SiriusXM morning show in late July and gave one of her most fantastic and honest interviews in recent memory. Many fans were skeptical about Gwen being on the program due to Howardâ€™s reputation for being harsh, but the interview which lasted close to two-hours was incredible and had Gwen opening up about her brother Eric, No Doubt, her personal struggles and past relationships and much, much more that weâ€™re not used to hearing from her. Howard also came across like a professional and really seemed to have done his homework â€” impressing her with facts spanning her career and childhood. Gwen was shockingly candid about No Doubt, Push and Shove, her relationship with Tony, songwriting and her wild year.
October 18: Gwen headlines White House Italy State Dinner
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Gwen, joined by her family, had the honor of being invited to the final State Dinner hosted by President Barack Obama on October 18. She looked absolutely stunning in a deep-plunging sparkly gown from Yanina with her hair in a high-ponytail. Though it was private function, the final State Dinner was a highly coveted event and she performed a mini-set for the President and First Lady Michelle Obama featuring some of her biggest hits and a special performance of “Go Ahead and Break My Heart” with boyfriend Blake Shelton.
November 14: Gwen named one of Glamour magazine’s Women of the Year
Gwen attended and was honored during Glamour magazineâ€™s Women of the Year 2016 Awards gala held at NeueHouse Hollywood. She stunned on the red carpet in Marchesa before heading into the presentation where she was featured alongside her fellow WOYT honorees for her incredible spirit and positive influence on so many around the world. Gwen was welcomed to the stage after a touching video montage featuring interviews with her mother Patti and close friend Pharrell Williams. During her acceptance speech, Gwen was humbled by the experience and thanked her supportive family and Blake Shelton for â€œkissing her back to life.â€ Her courageousness shined through and she expressed that music was her savior over the last year-and-a-half. Gwen gave an incredible and heartfelt speech at such an empowering event and weâ€™re extremely proud of her and the amazing year sheâ€™s had.