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Empire Stars Jussie Smollett & Bryshere Gray to Perform with Estelle on Billboard Music Awards


Columbia RecordsFans of the hit show Empire now have a big reason to watch the Billboard Music Awards.  Stars Jussie Smollett and Bryshere “Yazz” Gray will perform on the broadcast, delivering a medley of songs from the show, including “Conqueror” and “You’re So Beautiful.”  Even better, Estelle — who features “Conqueror” as the lead single from her current album, True Romance — will join them for the performance. 

The Billboard Music Awards has been the epitome of celebrating some of the best of the best in music,” Smollett says in a statement. “To be included as a performer on this year’s celebration is a huge honor.”  Gray adds, “I’m still living in a dream — the success of Empire and now getting the honor to perform at the Billboard Music Awards. It’s truly a blessing.”

For her part, Estelle says, “My hope is that ‘Conqueror’ will continue to inspire people as much as possible. It’s such a powerful message! I cannot wait to perform it at the Billboard Music Awards with Jussie!”  Estelle performed “Conquerer” on Empire when she guest-starred on the show’s ninth episode, in what was her first acting role.

Empire is hot now, not just on television but also on the charts.  The season one soundtrack debuted at #1 on both the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts last month, selling 130 thousand copies during its first week of release.  The show returns for season two next year on FOX.

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