Beyoncé Knowles, TaTavia Roberson, Kelly Rowland, and LeToya Luckett first came together as rap singing tots under the management of Matthew Knowles, Beyoncé's father and cousin Kelly's legal guardian. In 1998, the group released their self-titled debut album, featuring the single “No, No, No (Part II).” The group's sophomore album, The Writing's on the Wall, followed in 1999 and contained their number one, “Bills, Bills, Bills,” winner of two Grammy nominations. Roberson and Luckett left the band in March 2000 and filed a lawsuit against the group and manager. The two were replaced by Farrah Franklin and Michelle Williams, but after five months, Franklin opted out. The remaining trio then recorded the theme song for the film revival of Charlie's Angels, “Independent Women,” another smash hit, and released their third album, Survivor. In 2000, they had three No.1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, “Bills, Bills, Bills,” “Say My Name,” and “Independent Women.” In 2001, they won the Favorite Band Award at the Annual American Music Awards and the Sammy Davis Jr. Award for Entertainer of the Year.
Beyoncé's debut solo album, Dangerously in Love (2003), earned her five Grammys. Her acting career began when she starred in the TV movie Carmen: A Hip Hopera (2001), and then she went on to the big screen in Austin Powers: Goldmember (2002), The Fighting Temptations (2003), and Dreamgirls (2006). She rejoined Destiny's Child for a new album, Destiny Fulfilled, in 2004.