With two Number Ones under her belt and an ACM nod, Gwen Stefani is enjoying some serious success in country music. But despite the hits and industry approval, the pop star still humbly thinks she has “no business” being there.
Speaking on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Wednesday (March 17), the soon-to-be wife and sometimes duet partner of superstar Blake Shelton explained that this whole “country stardom” thing came out of nowhere.
“I really just hopped on a couple songs, which was an honor,” she told her host, chatting via video call from her home in Los Angeles. “I never in my wildest dreams would imagine being part of that. And to be on a song that goes No. 1 in a genre that I have no business being part of, twice, and now up for these awards, it’s pretty monumental and exciting and unexpected.”
Stefani scored her first chart topper with “Nobody But You” (with Shelton) in 2020, and the romantic hit was so popular they teamed up again for “Happy Anywhere” later that year. Now she and Shelton are also up for an ACM Awards nomination (Stefani’s first), with “Nobody But You” getting a nod as a potential Music Event of the Year. And slowly but surely, she’s falling in love with country itself.
“I feel so much respect and I’ve learned so much from just all the songs that Blake has, like, shown me and just the different artists,” she explained. “I relate to that because I’m a songwriter.”
While on the show, Gwen Stefani also talked about her wedding plans — jokingly inviting DeGeneres to join the bridal party — as well as living and working on Shelton’s Oklahoma ranch during the COVID-19 shutdowns, and how it’s been 25 years since the release of her band No Doubt’s iconic album, Tragic Kingdom.
She recently released a new song titled “Slow Clap,” and the 2021 ACM Awards air on CBS April 18 from Nashville for a second year.