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

Club-goers

After getting his own interlude on Drake's Take Care, Kendrick went out on the road with the YMCMB rapper for 2012's Club Paradise tour. It was the most successful hip hop tour of the year, grossing over $42 million and making stops around the U.S. and in Europe.

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