Passing the Torch: Iconic Stars and Their Successors

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  • Eddie Murphy, Kevin Hart
  • Prince, Janelle Monae
  • Jennifer Holliday, Jennifer Hudson
  • Chris Rock, Richard Pryor
  • Michael Jackson, Usher
  • Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys
  • Diahann Carroll, Kerry Washington
  • Vanessa Williams, Nina Davuluri
  • Jay Z, J. Cole
  • Halle Berry, Ruby Dee
  • Beyonce, Tina Turner
  • Rihanna, Janet Jackson
  • Nicki Minaj, Queen Latifah

Jennifer Holliday and Jennifer Hudson

The tabloids talk about beef between these two divas, who both played Effie in Dreamgirls (Holliday in 1981's Tony-winning Broadway version, Hudson in her 2006 Oscar-winning performance), but we couldn't see it when the two performed a show-stopped duet of "And I Am Telling You (I'm Not Going)" at the 2007 BET Awards. Two years later, Hudson brought Holliday on stage during her Atlanta show for a sing-off. That night, they were both winners.

(Photo: Michael Caulfield/WireImage for BET Network)

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