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10 times Destiny's Child proved they were too good for this world

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Before there was Beyoncé, there was Destiny’s Child: a trio (and occasionally more) of singers who released still-amazing songs including “Say My Name” and “Bootylicious.” But 10 years ago this weekend, the group’s core, Michelle Williams, Kelly Rowland, and Beyoncé, split up. 

They all launched solo careers, and Beyoncé achieved superstar status. To toast the magical years Destiny’s Child blessed us with their music, dancing, and ridiculous outfitsEW is celebrating their existence with the 10 times they wowed us.

1. When they decided on their final name: From the beginning, the group was made up of multiple people—yet they went with the singular “Child” instead of the more sensical “Children.” Destiny’s Child made their debut by proving they are above logic (and by opening up a bible, according to Beyoncé).

2. When they released a Christmas album including the original single “8 Days of Christmas” in 2001: Who really needs 12 days of Christmas anyway? 

3. When they all matched in the “Say My Name” video: Before there was 50 Shades of Grey’s Red Room, there was Destiny’s Child’s red room… and their orange room, and their blue room, and their white room. The group’s members were pros at playing with color, and that’s on full display in the 2000 music video.

10. When they reunited at the 2013 Super Bowl: Beyoncé headlined that year, but she brought Rowland and Williams onstage at one point to share some of the spotlight. The three, matching in leather leotards, performed a medley of “Bootylicious,” “Independent Women,” and “Single Ladies”—and reminded everyone how great the early 2000s were.

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