Sometimes a trio, sometimes a quartet, the size of Destiny's Child depends partly on who is suing whom, and for what reason. Putting aside legal squabbles and personality conflicts, this Houston-based R&B act makes sweet-sounding music that has created an incredible fan base, which translates into heavy ticket sales.
When BeyoncÃ© Knowles (of 'Goldmember' fame) and LaTavia Roberson were nine years old, they met at an audition in 1990. BeyoncÃ©'s father, Mathew, brought in her cousin, Kelly Rowland, in 1992 to form a trio, and the girls wound up on 'Star Search.' The trio added LeToya Luckett in 1993, and the singing/rapping quartet gained enough recognition in the Houston area that they landed a recording deal with Columbia Records in 1997.
The lead single from the first Destiny's Child album was 'No, No, No,' and it was a Number One R&B hit. Another three-word repetitive title, 'Bills, Bills, Bills,' got Destiny's child to Number One on the pop charts. By the time the 1999 album, 'The Writing's on the Wall,' came out, the girls were nearly as big as TLC, another R&B act.
When 'Say My Name' was topping the pop and R&B charts at the same time, the girls started to get grumpy, and Roberson and Luckett were replaced While 'Say My Name' was winning a Grammy in 2000 for Best R&B Performance, the act was being reconstructed so that, by 2001, the Grammy that Destiny's Child won for 'Survivor' included Michelle Williams, and not Roberson or Luckett, as part of the trio. Regardless of the turmoil behind the scenes, Destiny's Child is a powerhouse musical act, so if you want tickets to see them, you'll have to get moving.