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Empire signs Alicia Keys, Chris Rock and Lenny Kravitz

STAR STUDDED: (From left) Superstars Alicia Keys, Chris Rock and Lenny Kravitz will have appearances in the second season of Empire [PHOTO CREDIT: The Boombox]

HIP-HOP DRAMA Empire is gearing up for an even bigger second season by signing its first A-lister guest stars.

The Fox television show - staring Terence Howard and Taraji P. Henson - will not only include more episodes than season one, but it will also have more guest stars.

Last season saw several guest appearances including Snoop Dogg, Patti LaBelle, Anthony Hamilton and Mary J. Blige.

According to Fox TV co-chairman and CEO Dana Walden, Chris Rock, Alicia Keys and Lenny Kravitz will all have roles on the hit show.

Walden made the announcement at the Fox upfront presentation, following a rousing musical performance by the Empire cast along with one of the big guest stars from season one, Jennifer Hudson.

The network also announced that season two will include 18 episodes, up from its original order of 12.

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