On Saturday, August 25, 2001, the world lost an angel. Aaliyah Dana Haughton. For those of you who don’t know, Aaliyah was my baby/wifey/mother of my kids/everything. I remember seeing her for the first time in that iconic “One In A Million” video and immediately falling in love. Her melodies, style, and messages in her music were not only trendsetting, but they set her apart from every other female artist during her time and coming after her. She just had “that thing” that I can’t describe.
Aaliyah developed a love for music at a young age. She was a contestant on Star Search, performed with Gladys Knight in Las Vegas, and attended the Detroit Performing Arts High School. In 1994, at age 14, she released her debut album, Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number; which reached Top 10 on the Billboard charts and No. 2 at R&B radio. Her second album, One In A Million, which was released in 1996, went double platinum. And her third and final album, released in 2001, self-entitled Aaliyah, debuted at No. 2 on the U.S. charts and sold over 2.4 million copies worldwide. She was also an actress who starred in Romeo Must Die and Queen of the Damned.
Her talent, beauty, and humble spirit would shine brightly whenever I saw her on screen or listened to her music; she was effortlessly fly and will forever be missed. So let’s pay our respects on this day and vibe to some Aaliyah classics.
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Until Next Time…
Aaliyah Biography. (n.d.). Retrieved August 25, 2018, from https://www.aaliyah.com/biography/