Entertainment Weekly

Subscribe

Stay Connected

Subscribe

Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content

Article

Alicia Keys teams up with Jussie Smollett for 'Powerful' Empire duet

Posted on

Chuck Hodes/Fox

Season 2 of Empire has been filled with guest stars, and next week, Alicia Keys will join the list that already includes her husband Swizz Beats, Becky G, and Chris Rock. Ahead of Keys’ Empire debut, Essence premiered the song she and Jamal (Jussie Smollett) will perform together on the Nov. 25 episode.

Titled “Powerful,” the soulful ballad features the two singers asking for change. “We won’t just stand here in silence,” Smollett cries, while Keys calls for an end to racism and violence.

WANT MORE EW? Subscribe now to keep up with the latest in movies, television, and music.

“From women’s rights to gay rights, there’s always an underlying theme,” the 34-year-old mother of two told Essence.  

Check out the duet here before Keys appears on the music drama next week:

Empire airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on Fox. “Powerful” appears on the show’s Season 2, Volume 1 soundtrack.