Born: January 16,1979, Brooklyn, New York
Died: August 25th, 2001 in a tragic plane crash.
Height: 5' 7"
Father: Michael Haughton
Mother: Diane Haughton
Aaliyah is wearing a clingy gold halter top and gold hoop earrings to match. She is looking at the camera in a slightly playful way, with her hair tousled and wavy.
State Property (2002) (in memory of)
Music of the Heart (1999) (singer: "Turn the Page")
" I want people to remember me as a full on entertainer and a good person."
A star in the R&B world before she was even out of her teens, Aaliyah's promising career was tragically cut short by her death in a plane crash at age 22. Even with only three albums under her belt, she'd already earned a place as a talented trendsetter among the R&B elite. Following a successful transition to a more mature image, Aaliyah played a major role in popularizing the stuttering, futuristic production style that consumed hip-hop and urban soul in the late '90s. Her work with Timbaland, especially, was some of the most forward-looking R&B of its time, even while the competing neo-soul movement was gaining prominence. Aaliyah's death came on the heels of her third and most accomplished album, making it especially unfortunate that she was robbed of a chance to continue her creative development.
Her album Age Ain't Nothing but a Number was released and went platinum in the United States when she was 15, thanks to the popular singles "At Your Best (You Are Love)," "Back And Forth," and the title track.
The Diane Warren-penned ballad "The One I Gave My Heart To" was also a Top Ten R&B hit, and One in a Million wound up going double platinum. In the meantime, Aaliyah graduated from high school (in 1997) and contributed several songs to film soundtracks. "Journey to the Past," from Anastasia, was nominated for an Oscar, and in early 1998 she had a major hit with "Are You That Somebody?" from Eddie Murphy's Dr. Dolittle (in which she also made a cameo appearance).
Aaliyah took her time recording a follow-up, and put the process completely on hold to start an acting career. She co-starred with martial-arts master Jet Li and rapper DMX in 2000's urban Shakespeare adaptation Romeo Must Die, and her accompanying soundtrack single, "Try Again," became her first number one hit on the pop charts that summer. Aaliyah subsequently completed filming on the Anne Rice vampire flick Queen of the Damned, playing the title role as a vampire queen, and was cast in a prominent role in the two sequels to The Matrix. Plus, she finally finished her long-awaited third album, with Timbaland again handling the most prominent tracks. Released in the summer of 2001, Aaliyah completed the singer's image overhaul into a sensual yet sensitive adult. The record received excellent reviews, and the first single, "We Need a Resolution," was a Top 20 R&B hit.
The plane crash that killed her occurred when she was returning from shooting a music video for "Rock the Boat," the album's second single, in the Bahamas in 2001. "Rock the Boat" went on to become an enormous hit, on radio and on video channels, and the tragic news of her death gave her album an enormous sales boost. Sadly, some of the album's biggest hits happened only after Aaliyah's death, including the remaining two singles, "More Than A Woman" (which had a video that had been filmed prior to Aaliyah's death), and "I Care 4 U," which was a huge radio hit even without a music video.