Only ET was backstage at Taraji P. Henson's second annual Taraji's White Hot Holidays special as Alicia Keys, Missy Elliott and Jussie Smollett got ready to take the stage.
"It's my show!" Henson gushed to ET. "It's crazy. When I looked up yesterday and I saw the marquee and it says 'Taraji's White Hot Holiday' and then inside on the big screen in the back of the stage it says that and it's like, 'Wow, I did put this together.'"
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The special, which airs Thursday on Fox, also features performances from Pharrell Williams, Run-DMC's Darryl McDaniels, Snoop Dogg and TLC, as well as appearances from Tyler Perry and Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Terry Crews.
Last year, Henson hosted with her Empire co-star, Terrence Howard, and introduced Mary J. Blige, Jamie Foxx and John Legend as performers.
Henson was thrilled for the opportunity to do the show, and she has plenty to be thankful for this holiday season. The success of her Fox drama, Empire, has made her into a household name, but this also has some drawbacks when it comes to dealing with enthusiastic fans.
"I get that from the fans who come up to me and punch me or hit me or just scoop me up and hug me," said Henson. "It's a love punch. It's just like, 'Hey girl! Come here!' And it's like, 'Hey, wait. I don't really know you! But OK.' It's like 7 a.m. in the morning. I'm trying to catch a flight, and I'm being hugged up by this stranger. It's kind of weird."