Passing the Torch: Iconic Stars and Their Successors

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  • 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
  • Halle Berry, Ruby Dee
  • Beyonce, Tina Turner
  • Rihanna, Janet Jackson

Prince and Janelle Monae

Androgynous, insanely talented and able to make a pompadour look cool, Monae is ready to carry on the reigns of her idol. The rock legend reached out to Monae after she released her album Metropolis, and they quickly became fast friends. The pair even collaborated on Monae's new album The Electric Lady, and — of course — there's Monae's much talked-about performance of Prince's "Let's Go Crazy" at the BET Awards in 2010. We may have even seen the Purple One crack a smile as he watched her.

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