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Elle Varner BELTS Out The National Anthem At The EBC Celebrity Basketball Challenge + Fabolous, Kendrick Lamar, Big Sean, Wale & More Kick It Courtside

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Elle Varner was tapped to sing her soulful rendition of the National Anthem at the EBC Celebrity Basketball challenge last night. Check out the “Cold Case” singer’s performance and peep pics of Fabolous, Kendrick Lamar, French Montana, Big Sean, Wale and more from the event inside…

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After hitting the red carpet at “The Knick” movie premiere, Elle Varner took her talents to the Barclays Center to sing her rendition of the National Anthem at the EBC Celebrity Basketball Challenge last night. She snapped a few pics on Instagram as she warmed up her vocal chords before taking the court.

The “Don’t Wanna Dance” singer belted out the National Anthem before a packed audience, kicking off the celebrity basketball game with Kendrick Lamar, Fabolous, French Montana, Big Sean and Wale in attendace.

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After her performance, Elle (who has been wearing a lot of black lately) chopped it up about her sophomore album 4 Letter Word. The sultry singer described her new album as being more authentic and soulful. She said,

“I’m making a very cosmic shift in my career with this album. It’s all about artistry, being authentic in music and the message. It’s more soulful, soulful in the sense that you feel it in different ways.”

Check it:

Elle’s 4 Letter Word is expected to drop sometime this summer.

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During the challenge, Fabolous and Big Sean took the court to perform some of their hits, while Kendrick Lamar and Wale were cheering on their respective teams in the tournament.

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Unfortunately for Kendrick, his L.A. team was axed from the tournament after losing to the N.Y. team (backed by French Montana).

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And from the look on his face, he was not happy about it.

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But Wale had plenty to celebrate after his DMV team took home the championship.

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French Montana congratulated Wale on his win.

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And L.L. Cool J was spotted courtside.


Fun times.

And before Elle hit the Barclays Center....

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On Saturday, Elle hit up Madison Square Garden with a few of her girlfriends for the Gennady Golovki vs. Daniel Geale boxing match.

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During the fight, Elle snapped an “usie” with E! Entertainment Television founder Alan Mruvka. He captioned, “My favorite recording artist @ellevarner, she's the best follow her, at the @GennadyGolovkin fight. Thank you @tomloeffler @k1 and @wladimirklitschko for your hospitality. #boxing #madisonsquaregarden #efounder #E!”


Wonder if she was taking notes just in case she and K. Michelle cross paths again…

Photos: Elle's IG/EBCRuckerPark's IG




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