10:14am PT by Kate Stanhope
Patti LaBelle and Brandy Norwood Join Lee Daniels' 'Star'
Lee Daniels' Fox drama Star is adding two big-name singers for the second half of its sophomore season.
Patti LaBelle and Brandy Norwood have both signed on for multi-episode arcs on the music drama, it was announced Thursday.
LaBelle will play Carlotta Brown’s (Queen Latifah) tough but loving mother, Christine, while Norwood will portray Carlotta's younger sister, Cassie. They will both make their debuts when Star returns in the spring for the second half of its 18-episode second season. The show's midseason finale is slated for next month.
The two singers are the latest musical talents to join the hourlong, which centers on a girl group trying to make it big. Lenny Kravitz has recurred since the first season, while Missy Elliot guest-starred as a famous rapper at the end of season one. Star kicked off its sophomore run with an Empire crossover, which included an appearance by guest star Jussie Smollett reprising his Empire role as Jamal Lyon.
LaBelle had also appeared on an early episode of Daniels' other music drama, Empire, which has been known for luring A-list talent from the music world including Mariah Carey, Ludacris, Alicia Keys and Da Brat.
Daniels, who-created Star with Tom Donaghy, had hinted at Norwood's casting days earlier with an Instagram post showing a photo of Queen Latifah and Norwood together from two decades ago (see below).
LaBelle's music career spans more than 50 years, during which time she has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide. She has won two Grammy Awards, and also is in the Grammy Hall of Fame. Her other acting credits include arcs on American Horror Story and A Different World and films like Idlewild and Semi-Pro.
Norwood's two-decade career includes hits like "The Boy Is Mine" and "Sittin' on Top of the World." She also has been acting for the past 20 years, starring in the UPN sitcom Moesha, ABC's Cinderella TV movie remake, the 1997 film I Still Know What You Did Last Summer and more recently the BET original series The Game and Zoe Ever After.