Beyoncé didn't always run the world.

Before she became the fierce diva we know today, a person capable of joining the ranks of other one-name celebrities like Cher and Oprah and one of the best-selling musicians in history, she was known as Beyoncé Knowles, lead vocalist of a little girl group known as Destiny's Child. And it was 20 years ago today that the world got their first real taste of what the group—and its eventual star—was capable of when they released their debut self-titled album.

As long as it seems the road from that release to Beyoncé's monumental stardom was, the road to getting Destiny's Child on the map was almost longer.

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