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Singer Kelly Rowland to play Lucious Lyon's mother in Empire

ON THE BOX: Kelly Rowland has been given a role in hit TV drama Empire

FORMER DESTINY'S Child singer Kelly Rowland is the latest high profile star to be cast in season two of hit music drama Empire.

The Dirty Laundry singer will guest-star as the mother of Terrence Howard’s hard-charging label exec character Lucious Lyon — in flashback scenes, according to E!.

Rowland is the latest in a string of bold-faced names joining the ratings phenomenon’s second season.

Last week, Oscar-winner Marisa Tomei signed on for a recurring role as Mimi Whiteman, a lesbian venture capitalist who becomes embroiled in Lyon family drama.

Comedian Chris Rock, R&B singer Alicia Keys and rock star Lenny Kravitz will all make appearances too.

Rowland’s previous acting credits include guest stints on American Dreams, The Hughleys, Single Ladies, Girlfriends and Real Husbands of Hollywood.

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