Available in full on the Disney + platform, the Empire musical series has welcomed a host of guests throughout its six seasons. From Alicia Keys to Snoop Dogg, zoom in on the best guests of this soap worn by Taraji P. Henson.
WHAT IS IT ABOUT ?
Lucious Lyon, a former hip-hop star, has become in the space of twenty years one of the richest American record producers. Suffering from a serious illness, his days are numbered. He therefore does not have much time left to designate his successor from among his three sons. Two are beginning artists, very different but united, while the third is a businessman willing to do anything to obtain the position he believes is rightfully his. As the family is on the verge of tearing itself apart, Cookie, the matriarch, in prison for 17 years, returns to her family and sows further confusion. She has scores to settle and a vengeance to satisfy.
All six seasons of the Empire series are available on the platform Disney +.
Who better to embody an on-screen superstar than the hit performer “All I Want for Christmas Is You” ? In the third season ofEmpire, in the guise of Kitty, Mariah carey records a duet with Jamal (Jussie Smollett) on the track “Infamous”. The prestigious guest also knows well Lee daniels, the creator of the series, since she appeared in his films Precious and The Butler !
Mr. Worldwide in person shared the scene with the youngest of the Lyon family in episode 3 of the second season ofEmpire, where he plays his own role. Together, Pitbull and Jussie Smollett perform the rhythmic track “No Doubt About It“.
From its first season, the musical series has offered exceptional guests, like the British singer Rita Ora, who shares a duet with the rapper Charles Hamilton on the occasion of a concert event in the honor of Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard). Quickly discover their performance of “New York Raining” on Disney +.
Rapper Snoop Dogg also starred in the first season ofEmpire. Always equal to himself, and in his own role he interpreted his title Peaches N Cream, which we find on his album “Bush”. An experience that seems to have pleased him: in 2017, the star was back in season 3!
The interpreter of the hits “Empire State of Mind” and “Girl on Fire “ walked the halls of Lucious Lyon studios in the second season of the series. With her hair with purple highlights, Alicia Keys embodies the singer Skye Summers, who surprisingly does not leave Jamal indifferent. Together, the two performers sing the song “Powerful “, a sublime hymn to tolerance.
Before taking the role of superstar Sage Odom in the series Step Up: High Water, Ne-Yo also pointed the tip of his nose in the studios of Empire to help Jamal on his next album in season 2. In backstage, the singer and producer has also participated in the writing of some pieces of the series, including the title “No Doubt About It” performed by Pitbull and Jussie Smollett.
Appeared in the series My best years, Girlfriends or Singles Ladies, Kelly Rowland plays Leah Walker, the mother of Lucious Lyon, in flashback scenes of season 2. In the present, the latter is played by Leslie Uggams. In the episode “In the name of the Father”, the former member of Destiny’s Child performs a cover of the title “Mona Lisa”, awarded the Oscar for best original song in 1951.
Also on the long list of celebrities to have played their own roles in the series, singer Jason Derulo appeared in season 2.
Mary J. Blige
The queen of soulful hip-hop was invited to the first season of the series as Angie, an ex of Lucious who appears in a flashback. Accompanied by Terrence Howard, Mary J. Blige sings the title “Shake Down” to the delight of his fans.
Unforgettable Gabrielle Solis in Desperate Housewives, Eva Longoria played the spoilsport in the third season ofEmpire by playing Charlotte Frost, the director of the Nevada State Gaming Commission, who holds the fate of Lucious Lyon in her hands as he seeks to extend his empire to Las Vegas.
The interpreter of Tej Parker in the franchise Fast & Furious is also passed by the box Empire : in season 2, rapper Ludacris plays Officer McKnight, one of the prison guards where Lucious Lyon is incarcerated.
Another star has also slipped behind bars in season 2 of Empire: comedian and actor Chris Rock lends his features to inmate Frank Gathers, the drug dealer Lucious and Cookie worked for before it happened. stopped by the police. It is also by denouncing him that the latter manages to get out of prison at the beginning of the series!
Revealed to the general public thanks to her role in the musical Dreamgirls, for which she won the 2007 Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, Jennifer Hudson appeared in the first season of the series. She plays Michelle White, a music therapist who will come to the aid of Andre, the eldest of the Lyon family. She interprets the titles “Remember the Music” and “For My God”, but also “Whatever Makes You Happy” in duet with Juicy J.
Unforgettable heroine of the cult series for teenagers Phenomenon Raven, Raven-Symoné makes a remarkable entrance in the first season of the series: ex-fiancée of Jamal, she returns in the life of the singer accompanied by a girl who would be according to her … the daughter of the youngest of the Lyon family.
Top sales in 2008 thanks to the hit “American Boy” in duet with Kanye West, the singer Estelle covers her own piece Conqueror in duet with Jussie Smollett, who plays Jamal, in the first season.
Composer of the soundtrack of the first two seasons of the Empire series, producer Timbaland also made a cameo appearance in his own role in the series.
Also appeared in Sons of Anarchy, Courtney Love embodies the hard rock star Elle Dallas, now has-been but who allowed the record company of Lucious Lyon to become the empire that it is at the beginning of the series.
Headliner of the musical series Star, also created by Lee Daniels, Queen Latifah makes the link between the two series of the director, screenwriter and producer during a meeting with the Lyon family in the fourth season ofEmpire.