Passing the Torch: Iconic Stars and Their Successors

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  • Halle Berry, Ruby Dee
  • Beyonce, Tina Turner
  • Rihanna, Janet Jackson
  • Nicki Minaj, Queen Latifah
  • 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

Rihanna and Janet Jackson

Long before there was Bad Gal RiRi, Miss Jackson wrote the playbook on being a take-no-prisoners, sexually adventurous and sometimes naughty R&B star. The baton-passing between Rihanna and Janet was complete this past August, when the Bajan babe surpassed her predecessor for the record of most #1 singles on the R&B charts. 
 
(Photo: REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni /Landov)

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