Michelle, can you handle this?
Beyoncé, can you handle this?
I don't think they can handle this!
Destiny's Child was an R&B group that consisted of Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams. It formed in the early 1990s, first being a Four-Girl Ensemble with Knowles, Rowland, LaTavia Roberson and LeToya Luckett. In early 2000, Luckett & Roberson were replaced with Williams and Farrah Franklin. Farrah left the group that summer, leaving the girls to be a Power Trio. Their singing style took R&B to subgenres of urban, contemporary, and dance-pop. "Bootylicious", "Say My Name" and "Bills, Bills, Bills" are some of their most famous songs.
Beyoncé became an obvious Face of the Band. While she has moved on to become an internationally successful solo artist, the other two have also had respectable careers in music, film, and Broadway. All three members retired from the group in 2006 to focus on solo ventures.
- Destiny's Child (1998)
- Writings On The Wall (1999)
- Survivor (2001)
- 8 Days Of Christmas (2001)
- This Is The Remix (2002)
- Destiny Fulfilled (2004)
- #1's (2005)
- Love Songs (2013)
"All the women who are independent, throw your tropes up at me":
- Aerith and Bob: Kelly, Michelle, and... Beyonce. Funny thing is, Kelly's first name is Kelendria and Michelle's is Tenitra (Michelle is her middle name,) so they really could have gone any number of ways with this.
- Also previous members of the group: LeToya, LaTavia, and Farrah.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: "Soldier," which features cameos by T.I. and Lil Wayne, with Ice Cube showing up in the video as well.
- Amazon Brigade: In the "Independent Women" video.
- Angels Pose: Often when performing "Independent Woman," as it was made for the Charlie's Angels soundtrack.
- Battle Strip: Some of the guys for the dance-off in "Lose My Breath" but not the girls.
- Big "NO!": "No, No, No"'s hook is "Yes yes yes yes/No no no no"
- Biker Babe: The girls at the end of the "Independent Women" video.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Beyoncé, Kelly, and Michelle, respectively, though Kelly and Michelle switch back and forth. The straightest example is the "Bootylicious" video where Kelly was the redhead and Michelle the brunette (with Beyonce remaining the blonde).
- Broken Aesop: Parodied at the end of the "Survivor" video. The girls spend the entire video on a deserted island adjusting to the new environment and eventually commanding the locals to become queens...only to run for an escape helicopter the second they see it.
- But Not Too Black: Take a guess...
- The Cameo: In the video for "Bootylicious," one of the people in the opening montage of people looking at themselves in the mirror is Stevie Nicks, whose song "Edge of Seventeen" was sampled for the song. The "Making The Video" special made this out to be a big deal, as this was apparently one of a very few times Stevie had been seen playing guitar on camera.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The video for "Say My Name" was done this way, with the ladies each in a room where everything and everyone was dressed in one solid color (Beyonce, Orange; Kelly, Blue; Michelle, White; and Farrah, Red.)
- Costume Porn: Most of their videos but special mention goes to "Bootylicious" and "Independent Women" (along with CGI Scenery Porn)
- Crunchtastic: "Bootylicious".
- Dark-Skinned Blonde: Beyonce naturally.
- Dark-Skinned Redhead: Kelly occasionally.
- A Day in the Limelight: "Bootylicious" was the first time that Kelly took lead vocals in a song.
- Similarly If on the groups final studio album, featured Michelle singing lead vocals.
- Their Destiny Fulfilled...And Lovin' It tour featured solo performances from Kelly and Michelle's solo material.
- "Double, Double" Title: Not so much alliteration as much as just plain repetition, but three of their first major singles were "No, No, No," "Bills, Bills, Bills," and "Jumpin', Jumpin'."
- Double Entendre: From their song, Soldier: "Known to carry big things, if you know what I mean."
- The music video was even more obvious, since during one of the choruses, during that line, all three ladies are pointing at Solange's very pregnant belly.
- Girl Group: A trio of female singers.
- Hotter and Sexier: "Bootylicious" was a lot more provocative than their previous songs.
- Nonuniform Uniform: The girls were well-known for this look. They got into a pattern their clothes would look similar aesthetically, but Kelly would wear shorts, Michelle would wear pants, and Beyonce would wear a skirt or dress. Like so.◊
- One Steve Limit: There is of course a famous actress called Michelle Williams who is probably who the majority of people will think of first if the name is mentioned in casual conversation. May be Hilarious In Hindsight since for Destiny's Child Michelle is actually only her middle name.
- Portmanteau: "Bootylicious" of "booty" and "delicious". Although the term had been used before, the popularity of the song caused it to be added to the dictionary.
- The Psycho Rangers: The "Lose My Breath" video features a confrontation between "in-fashion" Destiny's Child and "street" Destiny's Child. Then they are joined by another set, the "sultries".
- The Remake: One of the few bands/artists that got impersonated twice on MTV's Becoming. The first set of fans remade "Say My Name" (though with three girls instead of four) and the second remade "Bootylicious".
- Revolving Door Band: Infamously during the early 2000s, as Destiny's Child went through two lineup changes, first with Letoya and Latavia leaving due to financial disputes and being replaced by Farrah and Michelle, and then that was followed up with Farrah being unceremoniously dumped from the group.
- Say My Name: "Say My Name". Say my name/Say my name/If no one is around you/Say baby I love you
- "Sesame Street" Cred: In 2002, they sang "A New Way To Walk" with Zoe, Elmo, and Grover on the show.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Beyoncé.
- Stuffy Old Songs About the Buttocks: "Bootylicious"
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: They got very playful with their hair color, especially before their split. Beyonce had pink tips on her hair, Kelly's was fire-engine red for a long while (and had blue streaks in the video for "Say My Name.") Michelle, who seemed a little more subdued than the other two, even got in on the action occasionally.