Grammy artists on why Fox's 'Empire' is so addictive
Fox’s Empire offers a (totally fictional) look inside the musical industry, and judging by the fact that the drama’s rising viewership has broken records, people like what they see.
So on music’s biggest night, the Grammy Awards, EW wanted to find out how some of the artists felt about the new show and why audiences are so fascinated with it.
“I love her (Taraji Henson) honesty on set, not on set, but the way she delivers that character is so honest, it’s like your aunty at home,” said singer and actress Ledisi. “It’s a cultural thing. You have to be in it to understand. It hits too close to home for most of us, most of the viewers. And I just love the writing of it, its honesty. It’s just raw.”
While the show’s popularity could stem from the show’s stars, some think it could be the look into the industry that’s keeping audiences coming back for more.
“I think it’s an inside look into a world that’s quite removed, a world that impacts our daily life so much,” said Komi Al Hakam, who produced Sam Smith’s “In The Lonely Hour.”
“Rather Be” singer Jess Glynne agreed, although she herself has yet to tune into the Fox hit.
“If you’re not in the industry, you don’t know what goes on and you don’t know anything about it. It’s kind of exciting to know what goes on behind the scenes. You buy music everyday and you don’t know the behind the scenes stuff that’s going on. I can imagine that’s probably why.”
Artist Malik Yusef, who has seen the show a few times, agrees that the look “inside” is what draws people in.
“They’re getting to see a humanistic view with what’s going on and the product that’s being put out,” said Yusef.