"Empire" has never been a show to shy away from shocking moments. The Season 2 midseason finale of Fox's hip-hop drama will contain a gigantic concert event featuring guest star Alicia Keys, while Lucious (Terrence Howard) and Hakeem (Bryshere Y. Gray) will look to add their names to history by taking home American Sound Awards. However, will Lucious find another way to sabotage his youngest son?
In an interview with TV Guide Magazine, showrunner Ilene Chaiken said Lucious has become "obsessed" with winning the award and will do whatever it takes to bring the prize home, even if it's at the expense of one of his sons. Lucious feels he has won everything there is to win in life, except that big music award.
"It’s about much more than record sales and the devotion of millions. It’s a symbol of greatness for a man who is wont to say things like, ‘I am more powerful than God.’ Lucious wants that award more than life itself," Chaiken dished.
Lyon Dynasty will look to use the award show to grow the brand after Hakeem is nominated for Rapper of the Year. However, the events of this season will start to take a toll on Hakeem and he will have an internal emotional struggle while battling depression.
TV Guide Magazine also revealed that Jamal (Jussie Smollett) will perform with guest star Alicia Keys as part of a concert event to promote the American Sound Awards. Keys will play Skye Summers, a four-time ASA award winner, and perform a ballad with Jamal.
There are still two more episodes left before the midseason finale and a lot is likely to go down before the events of the finale unfold. Cookie's (Taraji P. Henson) sister Candace (Vivica A. Fox) will be introduced in episode 8, while Hakeem will have an epic rap battle against Lucious's new prodigy Freda (Bre-Z).
It appears Mimi (Marisa Tomei) also has something up her sleeve and may also not fully be on the Empire bandwagon, which was shown after a strange phone call at the end of episode 7. Hakeem and Laz (Adam Rodriguez) will also continue to have problems because Hakeem doesn't trust him and doesn't like the relationship that's developed with the concert promoter and Cookie. Laz is also part of the gang that kidnapped Hakeem, which is likely to be revealed to Cookie or Hakeem at some point.
Watch the episode 8 promo video below:
The midseason finale of "Empire" airs on Fox Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 9 p.m. EST. Episode 8 airs Wednesday at 9 p.m. EST.