Meet the New Princess of Pop - Gwen Stefani

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gwenstefani.jpgTORONTO - All hail the new princess of pop! The day after Gwen Stefani picked up five Grammy nominations, including album of the year for her multi-platinum solo debut, Love. Angel. Music.Baby., and record of the year for Hollaback Girl, the 36-year-old singer debuted her first ever solo tour at the Air Canada Centre last night in front of a sold-out crowd.

And if there was any doubt about her royal status in pop music -- she previously fronted Orange County ska-pop outfit No Doubt -- Stefani first appeared in a tiara and robe, and sitting on a red velvet and gold throne that came out of the stage during the opening song Harajuku Girls.

Surrounded by four Japanese girl dancers, the so-called "Harajuku girls," Stefani commanded the audience from the opening note, even if the hour-and-20-minute performance was definitely of the lightweight variety in the music department.

Let's put it this way, Stefani is no real threat to pop music's official queen bee who she has so closely modeled herself after -- Madonna -- right down to the peroxide blond bobbed hair and red lips.

Still, Stefani is definitely a charismatic presence on stage and her solo career seems to have unleashed her femininity more than ever before.

Teetering around in sexy black stilettos, mini-skirts, short shorts, tank-tops, and one knockout silver sequined dress that recalled Marilyn Monroe during her hit Cool, Stefani seriously showed off her sex kitten/goddess side.

She also recalled her No Doubt tomboy persona whenever she donned a tracksuit or trackpants and couldn't seem to stay off the speakers or two little catwalks in front of the main stage.

Helping flesh out her performance considerably was a dynamite five-piece band, including bassist Gail Ann Dorsey of David Bowie fame, and four b-boys whose breakdancing moves were truly breathtaking.

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