But many have never seen Howard like this. Dressed in a wig, mesh shirt and red knee boots, the 46 year old paid homage to Rick James and performed his classic hit “Brick House” for Spike TV’s Lip Sync Battle.
Howard gave it his all, and even a split, during his equal parts impressive and hilarious performance, which garnered applause, cheers and a raised eyebrow from Empire co-star Taraji P. Henson.
Watch the hilarious sneak peek before the episode airs Aug. 20 at 10 p.m. ET on Spike.
But don’t think Taraji just sat by and let her co-star get the shine. The Academy-Award nominee showed off her best lip sync moves with a little help from the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul herself, Mary J. Blige. Check out the clip.