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How did Beyonce get famous?

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December 04, 2013 10:20AM

Beyonce started to get famous when she was around her teens. She and her friends were on Star Search and lost, and her father decided to sponsor her dream to become a famous singer. They soon formed a group called Destiny's Child, which is a very famous group now (Beyonce's father was the manger of the group). Then after a couple of years, Beyonce then went solo and performed and released many songs and albums- which she is still doing.

More information: Beyonce Knowles and her childhood friends LaTavia Roberson, Kelly Rowland, and LeToya Luckett formed a quartet called Girl's Tyme. They performed in their backyards and at Tina Knowles' hair salon. After singing at local events, they got their break after entering Star Search, and losing the competition. The group was disappointed. Mathew Knowles, Beyonce's father and Rowland's legal guardian, decided to help the girls reach their dreams of becoming singers. He quit his six-figure salary job as a multi-million dollar equipment salesman at Xerox to manage the group. This decision by Mathew eventually affected the whole family. Their income had been cut in half, causing the family to move into two different apartments. When the group was signed to Columbia Records in late 1996, it gave the entire family a second chance at making things work.

Girl's Tyme underwent several name changes, becoming The Dolls, then Something Fresh, and then Cliché. Their final choice was Destiny's Child, based on a passage from from the Bible in the Book of Isaiah. Beyonce's mother Tina had found the word "Destiny", but settled for Destiny's Child since that name was already taken. After making their recording debut with "Killing Time" for the soundtrack to the 1997 film Men in Black, the group rose to fame in 1998 with the Billboard Hot 100 top five, R&B number-one single "No, No, No Part 2". Even after much-publicized turmoil involving the departure of LeToya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson, Destiny's Child (eventually a trio) became one of the most successful R&B/pop acts of the early 2000s, charting four Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles, several top ten hits, and two number-one albums. Then Beyonce struck out on her own and started performing solo.