It’s been a hell of a week for iconic singers and their signature getting rebirthed during primetime network TV. First, Celine Dion delivered an absolutely stunning version of “My Heart Will Go On” from 1997 during the Billboard Music Awards and now, we’ve all but forgotten that performance after Gwen Stefani delivered a soul-crushing duet of “Don’t Speak” during “The Voice” finale.
The tune was originally released in 1996 off of No Doubt’s Tragic Kingdom album. It’s a breakup song about Gwen and bandmate Tony Kanal. It’s tragic in the sense that Gwen wrote this powerful ballad and then had to sing it every night with the guy the song is about. Unreal.
“Don’t Speak” was nominated for Song of the Year and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group at the 1998 GRAMMY Awards. Gwen’s performance on “The Voice” was a duet with former #TeamGwen member Hunter Plake and somehow, this kid kept up.
Gwen was so in her element it was almost unbelievable. It was also a great reminder as to why Gwen is on the show in the first place– when she’s good, she’s really, really good.
Remember the original?