The cast of Fox's "Empire" (Michael Lavine/FOX)
Kelly Rowland at the Grammy Awards (AP Photo)
Kelly Rowland at the Grammy Awards (AP Photo)


( — Empire’s VIP guest list for season 2 keeps growing!

Kelly Rowland will appear on the hit FOX show this fall, a source told E! News exclusively on Saturday, the Fourth of July, at the 2015 Essence Festival in New Orleans. The 34-year-old R&B singer will play Lucious Lyon’s mother in a flashback.

During season 1, Empire often featured scenes from Terrence Howard’s character’s past, which shows and his feisty now-ex-wife Cookie Lyon, played by Taraji P. Henson, during harder times before they built their powerful music empire.



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