The Spice Girls made their debut over two decades ago in 1994. And for those of you who were born near then (and even if you weren't), you probably don’t remember much about the iconic pop group beyond their hit singles, including “Wannabe." From meeting the Queen and Prince Charles multiple times to the story behind their formation, ahead 50 surprising things you never knew about the Spice Girls.
They changed the name in September 1995 after switching management.
They were managed by Bob and Chris Herbert of Heart Management.
The girls chose the following songs to sing: Melanie Chisholm sang "I'm So Excited" by the Pointer Sisters, Melanie Brown sang "The Greatest Love of All" by Whitney Houston, Victoria Adams (AKA Victoria Beckham) sang "Mein Herr" by Cabaret, and Michelle Stephenson sang "Don't Be a Stranger" by Dina Carroll. (Don't recognize all these names? More on that...)
...it's because she wasn't apart of the original group. 😮
After Stephenson left to take care of her sick mother.
Because she was visiting her grandmother in Spain.
Posh Spice took the place of Melanie Laccohee when the group was still called "Touch."
They named it "Spice One" in 2007.
It premiered in 1997.
...to celebrate its 20th (!) anniversary.
Mel B revealed,"We were listening to an old Shaggy reggae song and we were like, ‘Oh my God, we have to do something annoying like that song.’”
But he reportedly refused.
In 2016, women in India recreated a video shoot inspired by "Wannabe" for the Global Girls campaign, which is part of a broader initiative to highlight the United Nations' Global Goals for Sustainable Development.
Beckham revealed in a 2016 interview, "They used to turn [my mic] off and just let the others sing. Luckily because I used to wear heels, I just used to jig about a bit and I got away with it, but it never came easily. I was always much more reserved than the other girls.”
We need the video ASAP, Geri.
Her verses were then performed by Victoria Beckham during live performances of "Wannabe."
41,300 euros, to be exact. She wore it to perform at the 1997 Brit Awards. 🇬🇧
19 years later.
The British magazine Top of the Pops gave it to them (and it clearly stuck). Incase you forgot (from left to right): Posh Spice, Baby Spice, Scary Spice, Ginger Spice, and Sporty Spice.
After their performance at the 1997 MTV Europe Music Awards.
He signed them in 1995 and was known to widely contribute to the Spice Girls' success.
And Mel C wore a DKNY cutoff tank top to the occasion.
Just take a moment to observe VB's bra too.
He called the Spice Girls his "heroes."
And of the Spice Girls proceeded to yell, "Wicked!”
"Throwin' up the deuce with the Prince, holla."✌️
Vote 1 for the fake laugh candid photo-op, vote 2 if they're all genuinely this happy to see each other.
Definitely lookin' a little nervous at the Royal Command Performance in December 1997.
And Beckham had no clue who she was.
...According to Time. This period is otherwise known as an era of increased pride for the United Kingdom throughout the 1990s. (Also peep Ben Affleck behind Geri.)
Making a true statement.
On the final leg of their American tour.
And they made over $11 million in sales.
Her name is Bluebell Madonna Halliwell and she's 11 years old.
...to Mel G after she married her husband,, in 1998. (Good thing she didn't because they divorced.)
This was the last time they performed "Wannabe" together.
"It felt really special representing our country,” she revealed to US Weekly.
And the shoes. Iconic.
They did win five, three , three , one and three .
In a 2014 interview Mel B admits,"we fought like cats and dogs."
She told Attitude,"I'm not going to name names. But yes. It's been addressed, they were aware of what they'd done. They apologized...now I'm older, I'm a lot more confident and I will not be shat upon." 👏
Nine years after Geri left.
Channeling her inner Scary Spice.
Rumors have been swirling amid their 20-year anniversary, and we'd probably die of happiness.