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Taraji P. Henson & Terrence Howard's Lip Sync Battle Involved Madonna, Boyz II Men, And The REAL Mary J. Blige! But Whose Lips Won The Empire??

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Who runs the Empire? It takes two!

Stars Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson took to the stage Thursday night for a Lip Sync Battle of the sexes, and it was a close call!

First, Taraji was better than Just Fine — with special guest Mary J. Blige herself, while Terrence was all the Boyz II Men with a moving take on I'll Make Love To You.

[ Video: Check Out The Trailer For Empire Season Two! ]

Then Terrence was Rick James, b*tch! But his Brick House couldn't stand up to Taraji, who blew him away with Madonna's Material Girl!

But it was Lucious and Cookie's duet of Hard Out There For A Pimp that really knocked us out — and may have resulted in the first ever Lip Sync Battle tie!

Watch all the performances (below)!

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Empire's Terrence Howard & Taraji P. Henson Call The First Ever Lip Sync Battle TRUCE To Deliver Epic Duet Of Hard Out There For A Pimp!

| Filed under: TV NewsMusic MinuteMary J. BligeTerrence HowardTaraji P. HensonEmpire

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There's nothing better than watching adversaries join forces — especially when it's to lip sync in harmonious glory!

Lip Sync Battle usually provides viewers with celebs pulling out all the stops to beat their opponent on stage!

But after a fiery first round facing off against each other, Empire's Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson defied all odds and called a TRUCE to perform together!

[ Video: Who Won The Epic Lip Sync Battle Between Iggy Azalea & Nick Young?! ]

The leading duo of Fox's hip hop soap opera united on stage to perform Hard Out There For A Pimp from Terrence's Hustle & Flow — but together, they slayed with ease!

Before the unity, Howard performed The Commodores' Brick House and Henson performed Just Fine — featuring a cameo by Mary J. Blige herself!

Check out all three clips (below)!

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​NBC's The Wiz Live! Found Its Dorothy & Cowardly Lion — See Who They Cast HERE!

| Filed under: TV NewsMusic MinuteFilm FlickersMichael JacksonQueen LatifahMary J. Blige

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We're off to see the Wizard!

NBC is getting ready for their next live musical production The Wiz Live! as a follow up to their previous successes Sound of Music and Peter Pan!

Well now we have some WONDERFUL news from the world of Oz! Not only has the production found its Cowardly Lion, but they've cast their Dorothy too!

[ Related: Rumer Willis Is Making Her Broadway Debut In The Musical Chicago! ]

The Lion who only needs a little bit of courage will be played by none other than the three-time Tony Award nominee

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Beyoncé & Uzo Aduba Could Be Joining Queen Latifah & Mary J. Blige On NBC's The Wiz!

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This is shaping up to be a pretty stellar cast!

Following Tuesday's announcement that Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige had been added to this Winter's The Wiz Live!, even more A-List stars are now rumored to be part of the musical event.

That's because we're hearing the Beyoncé herself has been offered the role of Glinda the Good Witch in the NBC adaptation!

While she has yet to accept, we can totally see Bey leading show show alongside Queen Latifah's Wizard and Mary J. Blige's Wicked Witch of the West.

[ Photos: The Best Moments From NBC's Peter Pan Live! ]

And as if that trio weren't enough to secure ratings, producers are reportedly also considering Uzo Aduba for a role!

Crazy Eyes has been on Broadway before starring in the revival of Godspell, so we're really hoping to see Orange is the New Black meet the Yellow Brick Road!

Which other celebs do U want to see star in The Wiz Live??

[Image via Ivan Nikolov/FayesVision/WENN.]

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Queen Latifah & Mary J. Blige Will Star In NBC's The Wiz Live!

| Filed under: TV NewsMusic MinuteBroadway BabiesQueen LatifahMary J. Blige

They're off to see the wizard!

NBC is at it again!

The network announced back in March that it was going to put on a live TV adaptation of the popular Broadway musical The Wiz, in the same vein as Peter Pan Live! and The Sound of Music Live!

Now, two of the leads have been revealed! Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige will star in the show!

[ Video: Watch Queen Latifah Sing The Blues In This Teaser For Bessie! ]

The U.N.I.T.Y. rapper will play the iconic role of the wizard, which is typically a male role and was played by Richard Pryor in the movie version.

But, the show's producers are super excited to switch things up with QL:

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We're Feeling Good About Lauryn Hill's Nina Simone Cover! Listen HERE!

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Listen to Lauryn Hill flawlessly cover Nina Simone's 'Feeling Good'.

Nina Simone's classic song Feeling Good has been covered too many times to count.

Whether by hopeful reality competition contestants, or celebs who've already made names for themselves, many of these renditions have been great. But none of them have ever really been able to capture the same tone and feeling of the late great singer.

That is, until Lauryn Hill.

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The 40-year-old musician covered the iconic track as a part of an upcoming tribute album entitled Nina Revisited.

Her voice just glides effortlessly over the notes, but the emotion in her words is totally tangible! And when she lets loose with the riffs, you can really tell the feeling is genuine, rather than just an effort to sound pretty or precisely mimic Nina's notes.

Ch-ch-check out her FAB version (below)!

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Lil' Mama Promotes Safe Sex While Bringing Back The '90s In Her Music Video For Sausage! Watch Here!

| Filed under: MadonnaMusic MinuteMichael JacksonLil' MamaMary J. BligeFoodNostalgia

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Her Lip gloss is still poppin'!

Lil' Mama has been expanding her resume over the past few years. She served as America's Best Dance Crew judge and played Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes in the biopic CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story!

Now, she's back to rapping, and just released a music video for her new single Sausage!

[ Related: Beyoncé's Met Gala Gown Takes A Cue From TLC's Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes! ]

Though the lyrics include talk of eggs and bacon, 25-year-old isn't rapping about breakfast food — she's promoting safe sex!

Food always makes an appropriate metaphor for intercourse, doesn't it?

Check out the '90s-style music video (below) and see if you can catch the references to other artist's music videos like Mary J. Blige, Madonna, and Michael Jackson!

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