Gwen Stefani and Pharrell WilliamsjoinThe Voice for its seventh season, returning to NBC on Sept. 22. "I'm trying to pinch myself — is this really happening?" said Stefani of her new post, while Williams added, "You'll see what Gwen and I do. We're gonna take a slightly different approach. All we're gonna do is hold up the mirror and show people how rad they are already."
Gwen Stefani and No Doubt
In 1986, Stefani was invited to provide vocals for a then-unsigned ska band called No Doubt; 28 years later, No Doubt has released several multi-platinum albums (including 1995's diamond-certified Tragic Kingdom), won two Grammy Awards and five MTV Video Music Awards and, most importantly, launched the solo career and fashion ventures of its lead singer.
Gwen Stefani's Solo Career
Stefani released her first solo album Love. Angel. Music. Baby. in 2004, and the album debuted on the Billboard 200 chart at number seven, selling 309,000 copies in its first week. The album's third single, "Hollaback Girl," (on which Stefani collaborated with Williams) was the first U.S. digital download to sell one million copies legally.
Gwen Stefani's Fashion Empire
Stefani launched a fashion line named L.A.M.B. in 2004, featuring styles influenced by Guatemalan, Japanese and Jamaican fashion. She has since added varied products to her brand, including a Harajuku Lovers line, as well as cameras, mobile phone charms, undergarments, dolls and fragrances.
Gwen Stefani's Family
While on tour with No Doubt, Stefani met Bush guitarist and lead singer Gavin Rossdale. Seven years and some rocky patches later, Stefani and Rossdale married in London in 2002; she married him again in Los Angeles two weeks later as an excuse to wear her custom-made John Galliano wedding dress twice. They have three children together: Kingston, Zuma and Apollo.
Gwen Stefani's Philanthropy
After a 2011 earthquake and tsunami rocked the Pacific coast of Tohoku, Japan, Stefani donated $1 million to Save the Children's Japan Earthquake-Tsunami Children in Emergency Fund. She also raised over $125,000 for charity by auctioning off a dress she wore to the 2011 Cannes Film Festival at the amfAR gala that year.
Pharrell and The Neptunes/N.E.R.D.
As a part of the Grammy-awarded record production duo The Neptunes, Williams and his childhood friend Chad Hugo have produced hit singles for a number of musical acts (Britney Spears' "I'm a Slave 4 U," Nelly's "Hot in Herre"), as well as their own music alongside Shay Haley in their rock, funk and hip-hop band, N.E.R.D.
In 2010, Pharrell composed the soundtrack to the film Despicable Me, an album produced by Hans Zimmer and recorded with the Hollywood Studio Symphony. He worked with Zimmer as part of his Magnificent Six, composing and producing for the 84th Academy Awards, as well as The Amazing Spider-Man 2. He has also collaborated with Miley Cyrus, Usher, Frank Ocean and Solange Knowles.
At the 2004 Grammys, Pharrell received two awards: one for producer of the year, non-classical (with The Neptunes), and another for best pop vocal album for his work on Justin Timberlake's 2002 album, Justified. In 2014, he was nominated for seven Grammys, including producer of the year and best original song (for Despicable Me 2's "Happy," which has sold 5,565,000 copies within the first six months of 2014.).
In 2005, Pharrell co-founded the clothing brands Billionaire Boys and Ice Cream Footwear, and was dubbed the "Best Dressed Man in the World" by Esquire. He has also tried his hand at designed jewelry, glasses, furniture and sculpting.
Pharrell married his longtime girlfriend, model and fashion designer Helen Lasichanh, in October 2013. They have a son together, Rocket Williams, named after Elton John's 1972 hit "Rocket Man."