Sneak Peek: Kelly Rowland Stars As Gladys Knight In BET’s ‘American Soul’ [Video]

Published: Thursday 24th Jan 2019 by Rashad

As we reported here years ago, Gladys Knight made it well known that Destiny’s Child alum Kelly Rowland was her top choice for portrayal of her legendary life in a biopic.

And, while that wish was (to a degree) honored when the ‘Motivation’ singer was picked to play the ‘Empress of Soul’ in BET’s forthcoming, ‘Soul Train’-inspired television series – ‘American Soul’ – it certainly gives the 37-year-old the chance to show off her acting chops in case the full length biographical film ever develops.

Until then, look inside for your first peek at Rowland assuming the role of the R&B icon…

As we also reported, Rowland isn’t the only Destiny’s Child alum called upon for the series.  Michelle Williams was tapped to play Diana Ross.  Click here to see pics from the set.

‘American Soul’ premieres on February 5th.

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Photo credit:  Annette Brown/BET

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  1. DC3 FOREVER January 24, 2019


  2. Jasmine January 24, 2019

    She does not seem like a good fit based on the clip. Her ‘acting’ is stiff and one dimensional.

  3. Aaron January 24, 2019

    Ok now… From the clip i cant wait. It looks like shes going to do better than i thought. Ready to see everyone else as well.

  4. Jj January 24, 2019

    These same black artist of today dont even attend soul train awards. They beg for white acceptance at the grammys, billboards… beyonce, kelly, rihanna, usher, omarion, trey songz, ciara, nicki minaj, solange… such a shame..

    • SMH January 24, 2019

      Sad but true. Back in the day, basically all our black superstars, MJ, Janet, Whitney, Prince, Anita, Patti, Gladys, etc. made it a point to appear at the Soul Train Awards every chance they got, even if they weren’t nominated. Nowadays you can count on one hand how many times these so-called black superstars of this generation have made an appearance on the Soul Train Awards in their entire careers.

  5. Anne January 24, 2019

    Kelly is just not a very good actress. Lord knows I’m a huge fan of her “sister” Beyonce, but I have to admit that both of them have shortcomings when it comes to acting based on what I’ve seen them do in that department so far. Although I think some of the acting will be a bit shaky at times, I’m still looking forward to this series.

  6. whut January 24, 2019

    Meh, she does slightly resemble Gladys, but her acting leaves ALOT to be desired. Personally I kinda wish they had just did a biopic or miniseries instead of a weekly series, this isn’t really grabbing my interest.

    • I hate b&w b itchezz . They both not sht January 24, 2019

      Terri or dawn from enVouge did Juice with tupac f she a good actress….why not her…why Kelly i am sick of them

  7. I hate b&w b itchezz . They both not sht January 24, 2019

    What a slap in the face… Envouge……..why didn’t they just get the girls from envouge…..what an insult

  8. S.U.P.E.R.S.T.A.R.!. January 24, 2019

    That male actor is really good!

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