One of the biggest R&B vocal groups of the 1990s was also the springboard for one of the biggest solo artists of the 2000s — Beyonce.
Destiny's Child began when Beyonce Knowles and LaTavia Roberson, both 9, began singing together. Adding Kelly Rowland and LeToya Luckett, and guided by Beyonce's father Mathew, the group appeared on “Star Search” and worked its way through local clubs, eventually opening shows for major acts and signing with Columbia Records in 1997. Wyclef Jean produced its first single (and first hit) “No No No.” In 1999, “Bills, Bills, Bills” topped the chart and established the group's feisty, independent attitude, but soon internal disputes overshadowed the success. Roberson and Luckett tried to split with Mathew Knowles, and in 2000 they found themselves out of the group.
When the dust settled, Destiny's Child was the trio of BeyoncÃ©, Rowland and Michelle Williams, and while lawsuits were filed and settled, the group’s popularity continued to grow. Solo albums and side projects preceded the 2004 album “Destiny Fulfilled,” and the group launched a farewell tour in 2005.