After a breakthrough year of music buzz, a stunning debut album and a few infectious chart-topping singles along the way, 23-year-old R&B/soul singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Elle Varner has gained not only a strong fan base, but also notable exposure on the scene with her newly announced nominations at the 44th Annual NAACP Image Awards.
The songbird is poised to take home one of three possible trophies in the categories for Outstanding Album, Outstanding New Artist and Outstanding Female Artist. Check out who she’s up against in each respective category.
OUTSTANDING NEW ARTIST
Gary Clark, Jr.
Lianne La Havas
The OMG Girlz
OUTSTANDING FEMALE ARTIST
Alicia Keys – “Girl on Fire”
Elle Varner – “Perfectly Imperfect”
Michael Jackson – “Bad – 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition”
Chuck D., Will.i.Am, Herbie Hancock & Nikki Yannofsky – “On the Shoulders of Giants – The Soundtrack”
Whitney Houston – ” I Will Always Love You: The Best of Whitney Houston”
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Winners will be announced during the two-hour starstudded event, which will air live on February 1, 2013 on NBC. For a complete list of nominees and exclusive details, visit the link below or click on Elle Varner’s image above.