Every once in a while, a woman emerges in the music scene with such talent and bravado you can’t help but think a star is being born. The upcoming film Sparkle could do just that for American Idol‘s Jordin Sparks, who in the movie actually plays the breakout lead in a fictional 1960s R&B girl group.
It had us thinking about other recent girl groups and the breakout stars who went on to even bigger fame: Is it inevitable that one member rises to the top, goes solo and never looks back? Check out our roundup of recent R&B and hip-hop acts that have produced worship-worthy divas.
Have a group we missed? Praying for a reunion? Sing out in the comments section.
Sparkle hits theaters on August 17