The Fox network announced that this spring Grammy-winning artists Patti LaBelle and Brandy Norwood will be guest stars during multi-episode arcs on Lee Daniels’ hard-hitting show business drama, “Star.”
LaBelle will play Carlotta Brown’s (Queen Latifah) tough but loving mother, Christine, and Norwood will play Carlotta’s younger sister, Cassie.
With a career that spans more than 50 years, Philadelphia native LaBelle, who received the 2016 Marian Anderson Award along with her longtime music colleagues Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, has won two Grammy award out of 13 nominations. She also has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide during that period.
Also an accomplished actress, LaBelle was recently a guest star on “Empire” and starred in the TV comedy “Out All Night.” The legendary entertainer received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1993 and appeared such movies as “A Soldier’s Story,” “Preaching to the Choir” and “Mama, I Want to Sing.”
Norwood, a mulit-Platinum, Grammy Award-winning recording artist, gained a legion of fans starring on the popular TV series “Moesha” and later in the TV movie “Cinderella.”
“Star,” which premiered Dec. 14, 2016, on Fox, is an emotionally powerful drama that follows three talented young singers who are desperate for a new start and ambition for stardom as they navigate the cutthroat music business. The show features four newcomers as its central characters.
Jude Demorest plays Star, a tough-as-nails young woman who grew up in the foster care system, and decides one day to take control of her destiny. She tracks down her sister, Simone (Brittany O’Grady), and her Instagram bestie, Alexandra (Ryan Destiny), and together the trio journeys to Atlanta to become music superstars. Amiyah Scott, yet another newcomer, appears in the role of Cotton.
The next installment of “Star” airs Wednesday at 9 p.m.