Aaliyah Dana Haughton, 16th January, 1979 – 25th August, 2001
On August 25, 2001, the music industry lost a great artist, actress and entertainer. Aaliyah, who died in a plane crash at the age of 22 that also claimed the lives of eight other passengers. Today Thursday 16th, January would have been the singer and actress’ 35th birthday.
At the time of her death, the precocious singer who worked closely with influential producer Timbaland had won six Billboard Music Awards, three MTV VMAs, and had been nominated for five Grammys. She is estimated to have sold 24 to 32 million albums worldwide.
Aaliyah worked with record producers Timbaland and Missy Elliott for her second album, One in a Million; it sold 3.7 million copies in the United States and over eight million copies worldwide. In 2000, Aaliyah appeared in her first major film, Romeo Must Die. She contributed to the film’s soundtrack, which spawned the single “Try Again”. The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 solely on airplay, making Aaliyah the first artist in Billboard history to achieve this feat. “Try Again” earned Aaliyah a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female R&B Vocalist. After completing Romeo Must Die, Aaliyah filmed her part in Queen of the Damned. She released her third and final album, Aaliyah, in July 2001.
She is listed by Billboard as the tenth most successful female R&B artist of the past 25 years, and 27th most successful R&B artist in history.
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