Empire was the breakout hit of the year, and
while the entire cast is a powerhouse of talent, there were two stars who
clearly rose above the rest. Henson found the role she was born to play in
Cookie Lyon, spitting one-liners, throwing punches and protecting her babies
all while becoming our new fashion icon. But it was Smollett whom men and women
were swooning over as the brave but vulnerable Jamal, who has the voice of an
angel (and the face of one too).
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