As you all know today is International Women’s Day so I thought it would be dope to celebrate and recognize the talented women who were apart of the girl groups that were popping during the 90’s and early 2000’s. Girl groups made up a big part of the hip hop and R&B scene at one point in time. They were in regular rotation on the radio, music videos were everywhere and they were the fashion inspirations for many young women. Girl groups sang about things that most girls in their teens could relate to like falling in love and falling out of love. Their impact on black culture, fashion and hip hop is undeniable.
Here is a list of compiled of the iconic girl groups of the 90’s and 2000’s.
SWV stood for Sisters with Voices and was the name that represented members, Cheryl “Coko” Gamble, Tamara “Taj” Johnson and Leanne “Lelee” Lyons initially came together to form SWV as a gospel group in 1986. However, things changed when they were invited to sing live in front of RCA executives and from that point on SWV became an R&B group. In 1992, they released singles such as, Right Here, I’m So into You and Weak. Their debut album, It’s About Time was released in 1992 and was certified multi-platinum.
En Vogue is another female group that started out in the early 90’s. En Vogue’s lineup consisted of singers, Terry Ellis, Dawn Robinson, Cindy Herron and Maxine Jones. The group formed in Oakland, California in 1989 and released their debut album, Born To Sing in 1990. They released hits like “Hold On”, “My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It), and “Give Him Something He Can Feel.” En Vogue has sold more than 20 million records worldwide and have numerous awards such as, three Soul Train awards and seven MTV Video Music Awards. They were ranked by Billboard Magazine as the 19 most successful recording artists of the 1990s.
TLC was an acronym that represent that name of members, T-Boz, Left Eye and Chilli. The trio came together and formed the group TLC in 1991. They released their debut album Ooooooohhh… On the TLC Tip in 1992. They released singles such as, “Aint 2 Proud 2 Beg”, “Baby-Baby-Baby” and “What About Your Friends.” They scored three top 10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100. As they career progressed, they went on to release female empowering tracks like “Waterfalls”. TLC has recorded four multi-platinum albums like CrazySexyCool (1994), which is the only album by a female group to receive a diamond certification from the RIAA.
Jade consisted of members, Tonya Kelly, Joi Marshall, and Di Reed. The group released two studio albums, one live album, and a string of popular R&B singles. Jade released their debut album, Jade to the Max in 1992 and that same year they were featured on the “Class Act” soundtrack with their hit single, “I Wanna Love You.” The trio followed up with another single, “Don’t Walk Away”, which was their biggest hit and was certified gold by the RIAA in 1993. Jade landed spots on The Tonight Show, The Arsenio Hall Show, and Top of the Pops. They also performed on BET’s Listening Party Live. Their session was recorded and released as a CD in 1993. Jade was the only group to have a BET Listening Party album released.
Xscape is the 90’s female group that comprised of members, Kandi Burruss, Tameka “Tiny” Cottle, and
sisters, LaTocha and Tamika Scott. Xscape was the first group to be signed to Jermaine Dupri’s label So So Def in 1992. They released their debut album, Hummin’ Comin’ At ‘Cha the following year. Their debut single, “Just Kickin’ It” and their second single, “Understanding” both entered the top 10 of the official Hot 100 and became platinum and gold-certified number-one hits on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. They appeared on soundtracks for films like The Mask (1995) and Love Jones (1997).
Brownstone is a girl group that got their start in the mid 90s. The original members of Brownstone were Monica “Mimi” Doby, Charmayne Maxena “Maxee” Maxwell and Nichole “Nicci” Gilbert. Brownstone was formed and signed to Michael Jackson’s MJJ Music record label in 1994. They released their debut album From the Bottom Up in 1995. Their first hit single was “If You Love Me.” That same year the group earned a Grammy nomination and a Billboard Music Award. They were featured on soundtracks such as the one for the film, The Players Club (1998).
Total is a female group and one of the signature acts of Bad Boy Records that made an imprint on the 1990s. The members Kima, Keisha and Pam all hailed from New Jersey. They dropped their self-titled debut album in 1996. They made their first appearance when they sang the hook on Biggie’s debut single “Juicy”, but their first single as a group was “Can’t You See?” which appeared on the soundtrack of the 1995 film, New Jersey Drive.
702’s final and most known lineup for their group consisted of Kameelah Williams, Irish and LeMisha
Grinstead. The platinum selling trio released their debut album, No Doubt in 1996 that featured singles like “Steelo” and “Get It Together.” They won a Soul Train award for their debut album in 1997. Later on in their career, they went on to release other songs like the popular “Where My Girls At?” that was featured on their 1999 self-titled sophomore album. They received a great reception from their sophomore album which sold a million copies.
Destiny’s Child was originally known as Girl’s Tyme back when the group formed in 1997. The founding members comprised of Beyonce Knowles, Kelly Rowland, LaTavia Roberson and LeToya Luckett. The final line-up consisted of Knowles, Rowland and Michelle Williams. They released their self-titled album in 1998 and earned a platinum certification by the RIAA. The remix version of their hit single “No, No, No” reached number one on the Billboard. Destiny’s Child has sold more than sixty million records worldwide to date. They have also been ranked as one of the greatest musical trios of all time by Billboard Magazine.
Blaque is a girl group that comprised of members Natina Reed, Brandi Williams and Shamari Fears. The group got their start in 1999 with their self-titled debut album. Blaque’s debut album sold more than 1 million copies and was certified platinum. Their debut success consisted of their gold-selling single, “808”, their international hit “Bring It All to Me” and their third single, “I Do.” In 1999, they were named the 4 Billboard Best New Artist of the year.
3LW stood for 3 Little Women. The founding members of 3LW were Adrienne Bailon, Naturi Naughton and Kiely Williams. In 2000, the group released their debut single, “No More (Baby I’ma Do Right)” and their self-titled album, which was certified platinum. In 2001, they released their second single “Playas Gon’ Play” and went on MTV’s Total Request Live Tour. They were one of the featured groups that sang alongside artists like Michael Jackson, Usher, Beyonce, Luther Vandross and Mariah Carey on the song “What More Can I Give” that was in response to the 9/11 attacks. They also wrote a song for the Jimmy Neutron movie.
Isyss stood for Intelligent Sexy Young Soul Sisters. The members of Isyss were LeTecia Harrison, Ardena
Clark, La’Myia Good and the lead singer Quierra Davis-Martin. They dropped their debut album, The Way We Do back in 2002 and released singles like “Day & Night” featuring Jadakiss. They also sang the theme song for BET’s Talk Show “Oh Drama.”
Cherish is a group of sisters, Felisha, Fallon, Farrah and Neosha who began their music career in Atlanta, Georgia during the Crunk era. They rose to fame in 2003 when they were featured on Da Brat’s song, “In Love wit ‘Chu”. Initially, when starting their career, they had minor success, but they peaked in 2006 when they released their single, “Do It to It” which they followed up with the release of their debut album, Unappreciated.
Danity Kane is a girl group that came to be through P. Diddy’s “Making the Band” series on MTV. The group consisted of members, D. Woods, Dawn Richard, Aubrey O’Day, Shannon Bex and Aundrea Fimbres. After making the cut on “Making the Band”, the women were signed to Bad Boy records and released their self-titled debut album in 2006. They released two top 10 singles such as, “Showstopper” and Ride For You.” Danity Kane became the first female group in Billboard history to debut their first two albums at the top of the charts.