Gotcha Open: When Artists Go From Opening Acts to Headliners

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  • Public Enemy, Beastie Boys
  • Whitney Houston, Luther Vandross
  • Miguel, Usher
  • Cee Lo Green, OutKast
  • Robin Thicke, Beyoncé
  • Iggy Azalea, Beyoncé
  • Kendrick Lamar, Drake
  • Rihanna, Kanye West
  • J. Cole, Jay Z
  • Destiny's Child, Britney Spears
  • Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne

All in the Family

Cee-Lo had been working with his Dungeon Family brethren OutKast since the Southernplayalistic days, but it wasn't until he officially branched out as a solo artist and went on the Smokin' Grooves tour with them in 2002 that he realized how challenging playing bigger venues could be. Two years later, his second solo album got a greater reception, and now, about a decade later, he's helping to launch careers as a judge on The Voice.
(Photos from left: Kevin Winter/Getty Images, Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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