Turning Point: The Moment Your Favorite Artist Became a Superstar

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  • Mary J. Blige
  • Beyoncé
  • Nicki Minaj
  • 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

Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj was on shaky ground with her core rap fans as she became increasingly pop with her records, but she forced everyone to take a step back when she signed an $8 million contract to be a judge on American Idol. Not only did she manage to get under the skin of one the world's most loved divas, Mariah Carey, with the deal, but she also solidified her place as a viable commercial presence. She's since released a new lipstick with Mac and filmed her first major motion picture role.

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