Nelly is Blair's academic rival: she's a Merit Scholar, a Peabody Scholar, and an Intel Science Talent Search Finalist. Itzhak Perlman gave her her first violin, and her parents own half of Tribeca. Despite being sabotaged by Blair during the SATs, she becomes Blair's friend and brands Jenny Humphrey a liar, terminating Jenny's status as Queen Bee. Nelly is a central member of Blair's clique in Season 2. At the end of senior year, Nelly rivals Blair for the "Prom Queen" title, but a lovelorn Chuck rigs the vote so Blair wins.