Turning Point: The Moment Your Favorite Artist Became a Superstar

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  • Mariah Carey
  • Snoop Dogg
  • Justin Timberlake
  • Usher
  • Pharrell
  • Sean "Diddy" Combs
  • Jennifer Lopez
  • Alicia Keys
  • Adele
  • Nicki Minaj, Beyoncé, Jay Z
  • Jay Z
  • Kanye West
  • Rihanna
  • Chris Brown
  • Dr. Dre
  • Eminem
  • 50 Cent
  • Lil Wayne
  • Drake
  • Mary J. Blige
  • Beyoncé
  • Nicki Minaj

Justin Timberlake

It almost seemed like Justin Timberlake's career was going to end in boy band land when N'SYNC went on hiatus, and the former Mouseketeer ended his courtship with pop princess Britney Spears. But JT quickly shut down any questioning with the release of his solo debut, Justified. It was mostly produced by Pharrell, giving him an undeniable cred in urban music, as did the lead single "Like I Love You" featuring the Clipse and the Timbaland-produced follow up "Cry Me a River" featuring a Britney look-a-like in the video.

 (Photo: Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS)

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