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Remembering Aaliyah

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R&B superstar Aaliyah would have been 35 today.

It was evident at an early age that Aaliyah Dana Haughton would be living in the limelight. She signed a recording contract at age 12 and had her debut album (at age 15) earn platinum status.

She then went on to become one of the most promising stars in her generation, snagging Grammy nominations, MTV Video Music Awards, and starred in hit movies all before she turned 22.

Aaliyah

Sadly, her life was cut short when her plane crashed in the Bahamas in 2001, killing 8 other people.

August 25, 2001 was a sad day for the entertainment industry. The world lost a truly bright star. If there was any consolation, she left behind a great legacy for her family, friends and fans all over the world.

Her first album, Age Ain?t Nothing But A Number, was released when she was 15 and had two hit singles. The album sold a million copies and made her a platinum artist.

Back and Forth

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At Your Best (You Are Loved)

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Aaliyah worked with R. Kelly in her debut album and after its success, rumors about her having a relationship with the then 27-year old artist surfaced. She denied it. Eventually, they got married and separated.

In 1996, her second album, One In A Million, hit the airwaves. Here, she worked with Timbaland and Missy Elliot. It sold 2 million copies.

The next year, she recorded the song Journey To The Past for the animated movie Anastacia. The song eventually bagged a nomination from the Academy Awards. It made Aaliyah even more popular.

Journey To The Past

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She also sang the soundtrack of Eddie Murphy?s 1998 movie Dr. Dolittle, Are You That Somebody.

The was an instant hit and soared to the top of the R&B charts. It also crossed over and became a huge pop hit. It was the song that earned Aaliyah her first Grammy nomination.

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Romeo_Must_Die2000 was a great start for Aaliyah?s career. This time, she ventured into new territory: film.

She starred opposite action star Jet Li in Romeo Must Die. As usual, she sang and executive produced the soundtrack Try Again. The song was such a hit it gave her a second Grammy Nomination.

At the MTV Video Music Awards, she bagged the Moon man for Best Female Video and Best Video from a Film.

Try Again

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queen of the damned

In 2001, she top-billed the movie Queen of the Damned, which was based on Anne Rice?s best-selling book about vampires. Her third album, Aaliyah, was also released during this time. While the movie was slated for a 2002 release, she managed to secure a role in the future installments of The Matrix franchise along with Keanu Reeves.

Unfortunately, it didn?t come into fruition and Queen Of The Damned turned out to be her last film. At the same year, she flew to the Bahamas to shoot a video and as the crew was heading back home, their Cessna plane crashed and burst into flames shortly after take off. She and 8 of her crew were reported to have died instantly.

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