Gotcha Open: When Artists Go From Opening Acts to Headliners

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  • 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
  • Rihanna, Kanye West

Young Money Makers

Nicki Minaj got her big touring break when she went on the road with Young Money creator, Lil Wayne. After a stint in prison, Weezy wanted to embark on the sequel to his record-setting 2009 tour, I Am Music, which brought him more than $40 million. Nicki, the star that she is, wound up being more of a co-headliner.
(Photos from left: Jonathan Leibson/WireImage, Mark Davis/Getty Images for Caesars Entertainment)

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