Gotcha Open: When Artists Go From Opening Acts to Headliners

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

Destiny's Path

Not missing a beat from their lineup changes, Destiny's Child went on tour with then reigning pop princess Britney Spears. They were promoting their 1999 album, The Writing's on the Wall, which included such hits as "Bills, Bills, Bills" and "Say My Name." By 2001, they became the "Survivor" trio that yielded successful independent careers and a reunion during Super Bowl XLVII's halftime show. 

(Photos from left: Peter Kramer/Getty Images, Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)

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