Destiny’s Child Officially Turns 20 Years Old

Before Kelly Rowland was your Commander and before Beyonce was drankin’ watermelon, there was Destiny’s Child. February 17th, 2018 marked the 20th anniversary of the iconic, multi-platinum group’s debut album, ‘Destiny’s Child.’

The Platinum certified album was the home of original members Beyonce Knowles, Kelly Rowland, LaTavia Roberson and LaToya Luckett.

I can’t believe it’s been 20 years. #20YearsOfNoNoNo @destinyschild

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“The first record was successful but not hugely successful. It was a neo-soul record and we were 15 years old. It was way too mature for us.”

– Beyonce Knowles

The iconic lead single, “No No No” was recorded May 1997 and then released Nov. 11, 1997. The track was released as a “two-part” release. Meaning two versions were released, kind of like a “remix” and original as we call them in music, today.  The song peaked number three on the Billboard Hot 100 and was soon to be the start of something huge.

1998. LaTavia Roberson and LeToya Luckett. Courtesy of Dazed & Confused.

Over their twenty year success, Destiny’s Child has sold more than sixty million records worldwide! The iconic girl group has been nominated for 14 Grammy awards. Destiny’s Child took home three Grammy awards, twice for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, and once for Best R&B song.

Though the iconic girl group is no longer together, the girls left a pretty huge legacy behind and continues to inspire today’s girl groups. The girls set high expectations for those who came after them. Billboard recognizes Destiny’s Child as one of the most successful girl groups of all time. Of course, alongside The Supremes, and TLC.

1998. Beyonce and Kelly Rowland. Courtesy of Dazed & Confused.

Today, Destiny’s Child is credited as inspirations and influences for many of today’s artists including: Ciara, Rihanna, Meghan Trainor, HAIM, Little Mix, Fifth Harmony, Aloud, Jess Glynne, and many more. How’s that for making an impact on music? Ariana Grande has also credited the group for the inspiration behind her vocal sound.

Destiny’s Child went on to headline three tours, Co-headline Total Request Live tour, and were the supporting act on six tours including one of Christina Aguilera’s tours.

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