Gotcha Open: When Artists Go From Opening Acts to Headliners

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  • 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
  • Iggy Azalea, Beyoncé


Jay Z featured his first Roc Nation signee J. Cole on "A Star Is Born" off his Blueprint 3 album; and then, fulfilling prophecy, brought him out on the road with him for the 2009 tour and again the following year in 2010 for the Yankee Stadium stop of his and Eminem's Home and Home tour. Major.

(Photos from left: John Ricard / BET, Ron Smits/London Ent/Splash News)

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