Gotcha Open: When Artists Go From Opening Acts to Headliners

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  • Iggy Azalea, Beyoncé
  • Kendrick Lamar, Drake
  • 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

Gotcha Open: When Artists Go From Opening Acts to Headliners

Iggy Azalea's been known to have a tough time performing in her homeland of Australia. She came to the U.S. at the young age of 16 seeking asylum of sorts in the homeland of hip hop. Now, the next time the Aussie rapper/model returns Down Under, she's going as the opening act for the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour. Her life is certain to change. Meanwhile check out these other artists who catapulted to newfound success as headliners after being on the road in start-up gigs.
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