Passing the Torch: Iconic Stars and Their Successors

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  • 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
  • Eddie Murphy, Kevin Hart

Whitney Houston and Alicia Keys

They were both discovered by Clive Davis, but its the friendship between the late diva and her heir apparent, Keys, that has us reaching for the tissues. The self-proclaimed soul sisters, who collaborated on Houston's album I Look to You, hung out "like girls at a sleepover" whenever they were in the same city. Keys later performed a moving rendition of "Send Me an Angel" at Houston's funeral.  

(Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage for Sony Music) 

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