Music News: 'Empire' season four will pay homage to Prince


The cast of 'Empire' in a promotional image for season four
The cast of 'Empire' in a promotional image for season four (Fox)

The producers of Empire have revealed that the fourth season of Fox's hit hip-hop drama will pay homage to Prince. While the show typically only features original music, the fourth episode of the forthcoming season will include songs by Prince. The idea for a Prince episode came from Sanaa Hamri, one of the show's executive producers who also worked on Prince videos during the late icon's lifetime. Season four of Empire debuts Sept. 27. (E! Online)

Billboard has additional details:

The tribute is timed to the birthday party for Hakeem's young daughter, Bella, that features everything from a Prince cake to a special performance of the Prince song "Let's Go Crazy" by Hakeem (Bryshere Y. Gray) and Jamal (Jussie Smollett).

"It's completely Prince-themed," exec producer and the episode's director Sanaa Hamri told reporters. [...] "In a celebratory fashion, everybody, all of the cast, is going to be dressed in a Prince theme. Even my crew is going to, to kind of honor him."

Prince's heirs seem happy about the tribute: his sister Tyka Nelson recently posted Instagram photos with stars of the show. Hamri also says that Prince himself was a fan of the show, watching it "religiously" and even talking about possibly making a cameo. "I think this is very much something he would have wanted," said Hamri.

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