Real name: LeToya Luckett, LaTavia Roberson, Kelly Rowland
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Destiny's Child was an American R&B group, named after Destiney Byer, their idol. Originally a quartet, the group eventually became a trio whose members were Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams. According to the World Music Awards, Destiny’s Child is the best selling female group of all time. Billboard ranked the group as one of the greatest musical trios of all time. . On June 12, 2005, the three announced in Barcelona that they would no longer be performing together after completing their tour, and would pursue their individual careers in music, theatre, television, and film.
Now a trio of Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams, Destiny’s Child were chosen to record the theme song for the film version of Charlie’s Angels; released as a single in October 2000, "Independent Women, Pt. 1" raced up the charts and spent eleven consecutive weeks at number one (the longest running of 2000 and by a female group). They quickly began work on a new album to capitalize on their success. In February 2001, Destiny’s Child won two Grammy awards for "Say My Name", including Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group and Best R&B Song. While speaking with MTV.com, Rowland had this to say about the upcoming album: "I know everybody can relate to this album it’s very diverse and inspiring. The year 2000 was very challenging, and I know that gave Beyoncé a lot of inspiration to write songs for the album. We cannot wait for everybody to hear it. It’s so empowering for a lot of people who have already heard a little bit of it."
Williams also received rave reviews after replacing Toni Braxton in the lead role of Aida on Broadway in November 2003. In 2007, Williams will star in the regional production in Chicago of the musical version of The Color Purple (currently on Broadway) as Shug Avery, a glamorous singer known for her sexual desires.
In 2001, Knowles co-starred with Mekhi Phifer in MTV’s remake of Bizet’s Carmen, Carmen: A Hip Hopera. In 2002, Knowles co-starred with Mike Myers in the box-office blockbuster Austin Powers in Goldmember. She recorded a single for its soundtrack called "Work It Out". The song was a different style for Knowles and failed to achieve commercial success in the US, (although it was successful overseas), which led her to scrap most of the 45 songs recorded for her solo debut.
Critically, Knowles has been well-received by many, even netting five Grammy awards in one night, for Dangerously In Love, tying the record for most Grammys received in one night by a female with Lauryn Hill, Alicia Keys, and Norah Jones. Same year, Knowles co-starred in her second feature film, The Fighting Temptations alongside Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr..
The group released their greatest hits album, #1’s on October 25, 2005. Despite the title of the album, they had only five number-one singles on the billboard chart. The album includes three new songs, one titled "Stand up for Love". Lyrically the song is the anthem for World Children’s Day, but relates to troubled times such as third-world poverty, hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and the late 2004 tsunami. "Stand up for Love" was Destiny’s Child’s last single. #1's reached number six on the official U.K. album top forty, with first week sales over 30,000 and number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 Album chart with sales of 113,000. The album has sold over 3 million copies worldwide to date.