Empire Stars Perform Hits From the Fox Series at 2015 Billboard Music Awards

Empire Billboard Music Awards

Desperate for your Empire fix during this long summer hiatus? Don’t worry, ABC’s got you covered. (No, I didn’t mistype “Fox.” I meant ABC.)

In a super-weird — but not at all unwelcome — network crossover, Jussie Smollett and Bryshere Yazshawn Gray took to the Billboard Music Awards stage Sunday as their Empire characters to perform the Lucious Lyon classic “You’re So Beautiful.” (Question: Was I the only one wondering whether Smollett would sing “…man love a man,” only to be disappointed that he didn’t? This was surely Lucious’ doing!)

Estelle, who guest-starred in Empire‘s freshman season as Delphine, also joined Smollett for a bombastic performance of “Conqueror” (which sounded good, even if it’s literally no one’s favorite song from the show).

Naturally, the performances — video will be posted here when it becomes available! — were introduced by “proud” mama Taraji P. Henson.

Your thoughts on the Empire stars’ performances? Drop ’em in a comment below.

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  1. Dennis says:


  2. JJ says:

    conqueror is my Favorite song from the album

  3. Andy says:

    …I love Conqueror…

  4. Patricia says:

    Loved it…especially the intro by their ‘tv’ momma….

  5. Jamey says:

    Love Smollet – fabulous voice and great performance!

  6. LADY_in_MD says:

    Loved the performances but was not feeling Jussie’s beard

  7. nixon says:

    watch it on youtube link below

  8. Bandslee Lee says:

    Does snippets of two songs really constitute a medley? They were good, but… also not feeling Jussie’s beard or the color of his outfit. Performance was great though.

  9. Kevin says:

    Conqueror is actually my favorite song from the show. I find it Inspiring.

  10. Annie says:

    I love Conqueror, even if it was weird when they stopped all the drama in episode 9 in order to sing the entire song.

  11. barb says:

    Kanye West is an insult to all Black musicians and rappers. The show was great until he supposedly performed

  12. Tera says:

    Actually, Conqueror is my favorite song. Maybe you meant the Courtney Love song cause that one is wack.

  13. lisa says:

    Conqueror is my favourite song. I play it everyday!!!!

  14. Juna Ross says:

    Good show Niki was fly missed Empire dudes but Kelly Clarkson was on point!! I had to get used to the Conqueror song but I like it now. Loved Mariah & Chris Breezy

  15. et al. says:

    Um… conquerer is MANY people’s favorite song from the show – and if I’m not mistaken – one of the bestselling singles from the first season.

  16. lagirl60 says:

    I love the Empire sound track. Jussie Smollett is the total end for me. I loved all of the songs he sang especially Conqueror.