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

Michael Jackson and Usher

There can only ever be one Michael Jackson, but Usher comes as close as any pop star to filling his moonwalking shoes. "We lost Michael Jackson, and a lot of pressure is on me," Usher said after Jackson's untimely death. "But I don't mind taking it."

 (Photo: Kevin Kane/WireImage)

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