MUSIC NEWS// The Throne Leads Nominations At This Year’s Hip-Hop Awards, Elle Varner Brings Out Her Sexy Alter Ego & Jay-Z Covers NY Times MagazinePublished by Blair Bedford on Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 9:20 am.
1. The Throne Leads Nominations at the Hip Hop Awards
Kanye West and Jay-Z, aka The Throne, made a big impact at the BET Awards in July, winning awards for Best Group and Video of the Year. And in light of the nominations for this October’s Hip Hop Awards — revealed Wednesday night on 106 & Park — the duo aren’t ready to relinquish their kingdom quite yet.
Jay-Z and Kanye collectively stacked up an incredible 19 nominations. In the wake of their blockbuster album, Watch the Throne, featuring the hits “Otis” and “Paris,” they received five nods together as The Throne for Best Live Performer, CD of the Year, Best Club Banger, Impact Track and the People’s Champ Award Presented by Verizon. [MORE]
2. Elle Varner Brings Out Her Sexy Alter Ego
Elle Varner is officially R&B’s newest “it” girl with a burgeoning career and an official endorsement from First Lady Michelle Obama. Recently, the BET Music Matters singer did a hot photoshoot for the premiere issue of Stuff Fly People Like (SFPL) magazine, channeling her inner sex goddess and rocking out a few colorful prints. In her interview with the new publication, she spilled on what it was like to get a shout out from the FLOTUS and her dream collaborations with a few incredible artists. [MORE]
3. Jay-Z Covers New York Times Style Magazine
Jay-Z knows a thing or two about style. The rapper is currently gracing the cover of T: The New York Times Style Magazine’s men’s fall fashion issue during New York Fashion Week and inside talks about his career, fatherhood, rap culture and the Occupy Wall Street Movement he received so much flack over. [MORE]