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

Glowing Start

As a mentee of Jay Z, Rihanna quickly catapulted to success and had her own headlining tours. But after she joined Kanye's Glow in the Dark tour in 2008, she became the "Run This Town," artist that we love today, and now, her Diamonds World Tour is breaking records and selling out stadiums around the globe.

(Photos from left: AP Photo/ Andre Penner, Frank Micelotta/PictureGroup) 

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