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Gwen Stefani, Kelly Clarkson, and more appear during Christmas In Rockefeller Center special  

NBC provided a double dose of holiday cheer during the 88th Annual Christmas In Rockefeller Center special and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular on Wednesday.

And for network’s iconic tree-lighting ceremony, some of the biggest name in show business, like Gwen Stefani and Kelly Clarkson, appeared to perform their favorite holiday hits.

The two-hour long Christmas extravaganza in New York City was hosted by none other than the Today Show’s Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, Craig Melvin, and Al Roker. 

Star-studded: Some of the biggest name in show business, like Gwen Stefani and Kelly Clarkson, appeared during NBC's 88th Annual Christmas In Rockefeller Center special on Wednesday in New York City

Star-studded: Some of the biggest name in show business, like Gwen Stefani and Kelly Clarkson, appeared during NBC’s 88th Annual Christmas In Rockefeller Center special on Wednesday in New York City

Roker explained to viewers at home that ‘for each of the 50,000 bulbs wrapped around’ the 75-foot Spruce at Rockefeller Center, NBCUniversal ‘will be planting a tree to help rebuild forests and communities for future generations to enjoy.’  

Although many of Wednesday night’s performers graced the socially-distanced, outdoor stage, some, like music legend Dolly Parton, opted to beam into the event.

Never disappointing in the fashion department, Gwen Stefani graced the stage in not one, but two out-of-this-world ensembles that gave her performances a memorable edge.

The pop star, 51, first put her fit frame on display in a red gingham print bustier top and a matching A-line skirt that flowed down to the floor as she belted her original tune Here This Christmas.

Fashionista: Never disappointing in the fashion department, Gwen Stefani graced the stage in not one, but two out-of-this-world ensembles that gave her performances a memorable edge

Fashionista: Never disappointing in the fashion department, Gwen Stefani graced the stage in not one, but two out-of-this-world ensembles that gave her performances a memorable edge

Gingham gal: The pop star, 51, first put her fit frame on display in a red gingham print bustier top and a matching A-line skirt that flowed down to the floor as she belted her original tune Here This Christmas

Gingham gal: The pop star, 51, first put her fit frame on display in a red gingham print bustier top and a matching A-line skirt that flowed down to the floor as she belted her original tune Here This Christmas 

She placed a stylish wide-brimmed hat atop her head and styled her signature bleach blonde tresses into a sleek ponytail.

Keeping with the monochrome nature of her look, Gwen enhanced her plump out with a generous amount of bright red lipstick.

Here This Christmas is featured on the deluxe edition of Stefani’s fantastic album titled You Make It Feel Like Christmas, which was originally released in 2017.

For her final performance of the night, the No Doubt alum chose to sing her holiday record’s infectious title track.

Serving Gentlemen Prefer Blondes realness, Gwen threw on a hot pink taffeta mini dress that had two large bows on the front of it.

Guess who's back? For her final performance of the night, the No Doubt alum chose to sing her holiday record's infectious title track

Guess who’s back? For her final performance of the night, the No Doubt alum chose to sing her holiday record’s infectious title track

Marilyn moment: Serving Gentlemen Prefer Blondes realness, Gwen threw on a hot pink taffeta mini dress that had two large bows on the front of it

Marilyn moment: Serving Gentlemen Prefer Blondes realness, Gwen threw on a hot pink taffeta mini dress that had two large bows on the front of it

For a bit of added sex appeal, she slipped her arms into a pair of black latex gloves and her legs into a pair of coordinating skin-tight trousers.

At one point during the Annual Christmas In Rockefeller Center special, Gwen was asked to name her ‘favorite Christmas moment’ on camera.

Stefani said that although it’s ‘hard’ to name just one because she has ‘so many,’ she chose ‘writing [her] Christmas album’ as her recent ‘favorite’ moment. 

‘[It’s] one of the favorites I ever wrote, and I got to write with Blake Shelton. I got to write a Christmas song with Blake Shelton,’ gushed the star, who happens to be engaged to the 44-year-old Country crooner.

Belting it out: Slipping her curvaceous frame into a black plaid dress, Kelly Clarkson belted out her original track Underneath The Tree, which is off her beloved holiday album Wrapped In Red

Belting it out: Slipping her curvaceous frame into a black plaid dress, Kelly Clarkson belted out her original track Underneath The Tree, which is off her beloved holiday album Wrapped In Red

Duet: Taking to the stage for a second time, Kelly was joined by country music star Brett Eldredge, 34

Duet: Taking to the stage for a second time, Kelly was joined by country music star Brett Eldredge, 34

Honoring essentials: Standing with frontline workers outside the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Eldredge appeared several times throughout the night, even performing his own stunning rendition of I'll Be Home For Christmas

Honoring essentials: Standing with frontline workers outside the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Eldredge appeared several times throughout the night, even performing his own stunning rendition of I’ll Be Home For Christmas

‘So proud of that song. It’s going to live on and on and bring memories for other people, so that’s definitely one of them.’

Slipping her curvaceous frame into a black plaid dress, Kelly Clarkson belted out her original track Underneath The Tree, which is off her beloved holiday album Wrapped In Red.

When asked to recall her ‘favorite Christmas moments,’ Clarkson gave what she described as a ‘super mom answer’ due to the fact that most of her favorite moments ‘revolve around [her] children.’

The American Idol alum, 38, shares daughter River Rose, six, and son Remington Alexander, four, with estranged husband Brandon Blackstock, 43. 

‘The funny ones are basically when I spend so much time buying the perfect gift, and [her kids are] more excited about the boxes that they came in, and they make spaceships and tunnels,’ said Clarkson, adding: ‘That’s a little defeating!’

Santa, baby! Having just released her holiday record A Holly Dolly Christmas, Dolly Parton had plenty of new material to perform on Wednesday night

Santa, baby! Having just released her holiday record A Holly Dolly Christmas, Dolly Parton had plenty of new material to perform on Wednesday night

She gushed about how ‘exciting’ Christmas is ‘when you have kids around and they’re opening up presents.’

‘Also, it’s exciting when you have kids around and they’re opening up presents. My kids are 4 and 6. It’s exciting to see them get super stoked.’

Taking to the stage for a second time, Kelly was joined by country music star Brett Eldredge, 34.

The fellow musicians performed Under the Mistletoe, which was surely a treat for the plethora of viewers tuning in.

Standing with frontline workers outside the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Eldredge appeared several times throughout the night, even performing his own stunning rendition of I’ll Be Home For Christmas.  

Wild side: Tori Kelly showcased her wild side in a gorgeous red leopard print pantsuit as she performed an undeniably jovial rendition of Sleigh Ride at one of the outdoor stages in NYC

Wild side: Tori Kelly showcased her wild side in a gorgeous red leopard print pantsuit as she performed an undeniably jovial rendition of Sleigh Ride at one of the outdoor stages in NYC

In the spirit: Sleigh Ride is just one of the many classics featured the 27-year-old singer's new holiday album A Tori Kelly Christmas, which hit shelves and streaming services on October 30

In the spirit: Sleigh Ride is just one of the many classics featured the 27-year-old singer’s new holiday album A Tori Kelly Christmas, which hit shelves and streaming services on October 30

Holiday hit: Meghan Trainor performed her original hit Holidays, featured on her recently-released record A Very Trainor Christmas, with a little help from R&B legends Earth, Wind & Fire

Holiday hit: Meghan Trainor performed her original hit Holidays, featured on her recently-released record A Very Trainor Christmas, with a little help from R&B legends Earth, Wind & Fire

Having just released her holiday record A Holly Dolly Christmas, Dolly Parton had plenty of new material to perform on Wednesday night.

The legendary singer-songwriter, 74, treated viewers to a fun-filled rendition of Mariah Carey’s Christmas classic All I Want For Christmas Is You featuring the vocal talents of late night host Jimmy Fallon.

Parton, resting in a cozy chair and donning an adorable Mrs. Claus inspired getup, serenaded Fallon, who delivered a portion of his performance remotely.

As the pair made their way through the song’s well known lyrics, Fallon ditched his everyday persona to emerge as Saint Nick, himself.

Finally side-by-side, Dolly and Jimmy fleshed out the rest of their jovial track, which concluded with Jimmy falling down a chimney and disappearing. 

Wow! Dan Smyers, 33, and Shay Mooney, 28, of Dan + Shay brought their goosebump-inducing vocals to the outdoor stage for the Christmas In Rockefeller Center special

Wow! Dan Smyers, 33, and Shay Mooney, 28, of Dan + Shay brought their goosebump-inducing vocals to the outdoor stage for the Christmas In Rockefeller Center special

Take Me Home For Christmas: The popular country duo, keeping their social-distance, performed their catchy holiday single Take Me Home For Christmas, which debuted last month

Take Me Home For Christmas: The popular country duo, keeping their social-distance, performed their catchy holiday single Take Me Home For Christmas, which debuted last month

Emotional: As if the holiday season were lacking in somber songs, Dan + Shay brought tears to the eyes of the unshakable as they premiered their emotionally-charged track Christmas Isn't Christmas

Emotional: As if the holiday season were lacking in somber songs, Dan + Shay brought tears to the eyes of the unshakable as they premiered their emotionally-charged track Christmas Isn’t Christmas

Ditching Fallon, Parton returned halfway through the show to delivered a haunting rendition of Mary, Did You Know? 

Tori Kelly showcased her wild side in a gorgeous red leopard print pantsuit as she performed an undeniably jovial rendition of Sleigh Ride at one of the outdoor stages in NYC. 

Kelly layered her sexy suit jacket over a glittery black turtleneck that matched the gloves on her hands. 

Sleigh Ride is just one of the many classics featured the 27-year-old singer’s new holiday album A Tori Kelly Christmas, which hit shelves and streaming services on October 30. 

Meghan Trainor performed her original hit Holidays, featured on her recently-released record A Very Trainor Christmas, with a little help from R&B legends Earth, Wind & Fire.

Throwback: The Goo Goo Dolls performed their original holiday hit This Is Christmas off their new holiday album It's Christmas All Over

Throwback: The Goo Goo Dolls performed their original holiday hit This Is Christmas off their new holiday album It’s Christmas All Over

Passion: The rock band's lead vocalist John Rzeznik, 54, passionately sang the lyrics to the tune with an acoustic guitar in his hands

Passion: The rock band’s lead vocalist John Rzeznik, 54, passionately sang the lyrics to the tune with an acoustic guitar in his hands

Switching it up: Halfway through the two-hour long show, the Goo Goo Dolls returned to deliver a rockin' rendition of the classic Christmas song Let It Snow

Switching it up: Halfway through the two-hour long show, the Goo Goo Dolls returned to deliver a rockin’ rendition of the classic Christmas song Let It Snow

The 26-year-old Grammy Winner looked like the total package, while donning a figure-hugging green bodysuit that had a giant bow slapped on the front of it. 

Bringing the glitz and glamour, Meghan rocked a full face of flawlessly applied makeup and sported meticulously straightened strands that flowed down to her waist. 

Trainor and the members of Earth, Wind & Fire performed against a two-dimensional backdrop of a Whoville-inspired winter wonderland. 

Dan Smyers, 33, and Shay Mooney, 28, of Dan + Shay brought their goosebump-inducing vocals to the outdoor stage for the Christmas In Rockefeller Center special. 

The popular country duo, keeping their social-distance, performed their catchy holiday single Take Me Home For Christmas, which debuted last month. 

Talent: Acclaimed a cappella group Pentatonix did not disappoint as all five members, Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, Kirstin Maldonado, Kevin Olusola, and Matt Sallee, performed Amazing Grace

Talent: Acclaimed a cappella group Pentatonix did not disappoint as all five members, Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, Kirstin Maldonado, Kevin Olusola, and Matt Sallee, performed Amazing Grace

As if the holiday season were lacking in somber songs, Dan + Shay brought tears to the eyes of the unshakable as they premiered their emotionally-charged track Christmas Isn’t Christmas

The Goo Goo Dolls performed their original holiday hit This Is Christmas off their new holiday album It’s Christmas All Over.

The rock band’s lead vocalist John Rzeznik, 54, passionately sang the lyrics to the tune with an acoustic guitar in his hands.

Halfway through the two-hour long show, the Goo Goo Dolls returned to deliver a rockin’ rendition of the classic Christmas song Let It Snow.

Their stage was decked out with various Christmas trees and a massive amount of twinkle lights. 

Iconic: And the Radio City Rockettes, set to the tune of Christmas Dreams, displayed their famously skilled dance moves and their iconically alluring stage costumes towards the end of the two-hour spectacular

Iconic: And the Radio City Rockettes, set to the tune of Christmas Dreams, displayed their famously skilled dance moves and their iconically alluring stage costumes towards the end of the two-hour spectacular

The Broadway cast of Ain’t Too Proud: The Life And Times Of The Temptations were dressed to the nines as they delivered a flawless medley of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer and Christmas Baby Please Come Home.

Glee star Matthew Morrison, who is set to appear as the title character in NBC’s Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch Musical Special, proved himself worthy of stage time as he effortlessly belted the lyrics to O, Holy Night. 

Acclaimed a cappella group Pentatonix did not disappoint as all five members, Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, Kirstin Maldonado, Kevin Olusola, and Matt Sallee, performed Amazing Grace. 

Annual event: 'Every year our viewers look forward to NBC's iconic tree-lighting ceremony,' said NBC Entertainment's Executive Vice President of Special Programs, Doug Vaughan, in a statement to Music Row ahead of the annual event on Wednesday night

Annual event: ‘Every year our viewers look forward to NBC’s iconic tree-lighting ceremony,’ said NBC Entertainment’s Executive Vice President of Special Programs, Doug Vaughan, in a statement to Music Row ahead of the annual event on Wednesday night

And the Radio City Rockettes, set to the tune of Christmas Dreams, displayed their famously skilled dance moves and their iconically alluring stage costumes towards the end of the two-hour spectacular.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Rob Speyer shared a few words on stage before illuminating the massive Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. 

‘Every year our viewers look forward to NBC’s iconic tree-lighting ceremony,’ said NBC Entertainment’s Executive Vice President of Special Programs, Doug Vaughan, in a statement to Music Row ahead of the annual event on Wednesday night.

‘There’s something special about kicking off the holiday season with such an awe-inspiring event.’  

Doing the honors: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Rob Speyer shared a few words on stage before illuminating the massive Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center

Doing the honors: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Rob Speyer shared a few words on stage before illuminating the massive Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center


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