Empire Season Finale Photos: See Jennifer Hudson, Patti LaBelle in Amazing First Look

Us has the first look at Jennifer Hudson in the Empire season 1 finale. 20th Century Fox Television

From Oscar to Empire! Jennifer Hudson is guest-starring on the season 1 finale of Empire, and Us Weekly has the exclusive first look at the American Idol vet’s appearance in the episode.

Hudson will play a music therapist who begins working with Andre (Trai Byers) in an arc that begins in the Wednesday, March 11 episode, “Sins of the Father.”

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Lucious (Terrence Howard) teams up with son Jamal (Jussie Smollett) in the Empire season 1 finale. 20th Century Fox Television

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The two-hour finale event — epically titled “Die But Once/Who I Am” — follows Jamal (Jussie Smollett) and estranged dad Lucious (Terrence Howard) as they begin to form a music-centered relationship. But since this is Empire, the soapiest, juiciest drama to debut in 2015, that’s not all — Lucious has a secret that could very well change everything.

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Terrence Howard’s Lucious and Jussie Smollett’s Jamal team up for a music-related project in the Empire season 1 finale. 20th Century Fox Television

Meanwhile, Hakeem (Bryshere “Yazz” Gray) tries to plot the best move for his career (while also flirting with the enemy, because, again — drama!).

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Jussie Smollett and Bryshere Gray in the Empire season 1 finale. 20th Century Fox Television

Don’t worry — Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) is also scheming throughout the double episode, as per usual, and will probably deliver at least eight to ten zingers that you’ll want to use on your friends and family immediately.

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Gabourey Sidibe guest stars as Lucious’ assistant, Becky, in the Empire season 1 finale on March 18. 20th Century Fox Television

Other finale guest stars — who are playing themselves in the episodes — include Snoop Dogg, Rita Ora, Juicy J, Charles Hamilton, and Patti LaBelle, who you can also see in one of Us Weekly’s exclusive shots.


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Patti LaBelle plays herself in the season 1 finale of Fox’s Empire. 20th Century Fox Television

The Empire finale airs Wednesday, March 18 at 8 p.m. on Fox.

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