“All life repeats cycles of birth and death supported by the compassionate functioning of the cosmic life force.” – Soka Gakkai International (Living and Dying with Dignity: A Buddhist view)
Singer, Dancer, Actress and model; never following music trends, never following fashion trends, all of her albums exemplifying growth—Aaliyah is a true artist.
Aaliyah Dana Haughton was born January 16, 1979 in Brooklyn New York and raised in Detroit, Michigan. Determined to share her voice with the world, at the age of 10 she appeared on Star Search and performed in concert with Gladys Knight. Signing to Jive and Blackground Records, Aaliyah was introduced to R. Kelly who then became her mentor, producer and lead songwriter of her debut Album Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number (1994). Continuing to navigate her own way through the music industry, Aaliyah created an unbreakable bond with legendary producers and musicians, Timbaland and Missy Elliot; producing Aaliyah’s second album One In A Million (1996).
“Me and her had this chemistry, I kind of lost my creativity to her. Beyond the music, she was a brilliant person, the most special person I ever met.” – Timbaland
“One in a million.
Our babygirl was one in a million, and taught us early that with such talent and potential from day one that age ain’t nothing but a number. From party starters like “Back & Forth” to ballads like “At Your Best” babygirl let her presence be known from day one. Before anyone could say she fit in with her peers like Brandy and Monica, she answered back by linking up with Timbaland to show us she was One in a million. The futuristic drum patterns laid out before her showed why she was effortlessly Queen. A natural on camera as well she pioneered alongside other legendary noticeable names such as Tupac Shakur, that she is not just a one trick pony and can be a box office powerhouse. Her smile was unforgettable, her laugh was sincere and her wings were undeniable. She was more than a woman, our angel in earth. From all of us at SocalRadio, we miss you babygirl.” –SocalRadio
Topping the billboard Hot 100 solely on airplay with Try Again, Aaliyah was the first artist in Billboard history to achieve this goal; earning Haughton a Grammy Nomination for best female R&B Vocalist.
“Her depth and versatility as an artist was matched by the passion and devotion for her craft.” –Virgin Records
“Aaliyah is one of the most influential artists of recent generations. Her music still has an impact in the way music sounds and progresses to sound in 2016. It’s such a tragedy that she passed at such an early age and stage in her career because I know there were so many positive ways that her music had yet to inspire the artists of our generation and generations to come.” –Lij, EITER
Real and relatable lyrics, she talked about everything from having a bomb ass time at a party to respecting yourself and knowing when to leave a situation that’s not good for your energy. All of her albums along with her style, showcased her growth as an artist and a woman. If you constantly put yourself in a box, (follow trends), you’re limiting your own growth.
“Every time I hear Aaliyah’s music, I am instantly taken back to being a little girl in the 90s. Her unexpected passing was the first time I remember crying over someone I had never met in real life.” –Abigail Ross, Content Director DOPE Magazine
I was in 7th grade when Aaliyah died. Although I didn’t own any of her music and only knew the songs that were played on the radio, when she died, I felt like I lost my big sister. Christmas 2005 I asked for a new stereo and all of Aaliyah’s albums. I had her pictures on the front of my folder. My 7th grade teacher, who I just didn’t get along with, actually gave me a magazine clipping of the plane crash. –Amanda Jones, Founder of All Access Blog
The highest, ascending, most exalted one; given Aaliyah’s track record, her name is fitting. Her success as a recording artist, actress and established businesswoman, Aaliyah was living her dreams.
I stay true to myself and my style, and I am always pushing myself to be aware of that and be original.” –Aaliyah
Aaliyah let her music and her style be the teacher, showing her where she can go as an artist and with her look. She is a unique individual whom gave all of herself in whatever she did. Aaliyah continues to have an impact on the world inspiring women to not conform and that it is okay to not fit in.
“Aaliyah was one of the first to stand as a strong example of female sexuality. Her songs gave instruction on how to make love to a woman and she demanded it! It was totally a unique voice that empowered young women far after her death.” –Kelsey Barney, Fan
“Aaliyah’s music will forever be timeless. I was really young, maybe in second grade when it happened so it didn’t really Impact me as much but as I got older I started to appreciate her music and her more as an artist. Her time was short run but her legacy will live forever. I hope that the younger ones of our generation that read this article can take something from it just how I did.” –Shaq Bynes, Founder of S.H.I.P the Collection
Aaliyah achieved more than many do in several lifetimes, an illuminating factor being her priority to help others. The Aaliyah Memorial fund was created as a vehicle whereby fans, friends and family can contribute to and support causes that Aaliyah found important.
Aaliyah Dana Haughton
A person of virtue, honor, hard work and love.
“Aaliyah will forever live through her creative work and through the lives she’s affected. She was literally a voice of a generation. It’s sad to see a tremendous talent depart at such a young age. Although her life was short lived, her impact and influence on the music industry will forever be.” –Julian Keyz, Musician
American Music Awards
2003- Favorite Female R&B Artist
2002- Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist
2002- Favorite Soul/R&B Album: Aaliyah
2002- Best Actress: Queen of the Damned
Billboard Music Awards
2003- Top Hip Hop/R&B Single of the Year, Female
2003- Top Hip Hop/R&B Artist of the Year, Female
2000- Top Hip Hop/R&B Artist of the Year, Female
1998- Top Hip Hop/R&B Single Airplay Single of the Year: Are You That Somebody
1996- Top R&B Single of the Year, Female: One In A Million
Icon Israeli Musical Artist Awards
2004 – Best Selling International Female Artist of the Year
2002 – Best Video: More Than a Woman
2002 – Best Dance Video: More Than a Woman
2002 – Best International Act
2002 – Best Video: Rock The Boat
2002 – Best Video Female R&B Vocals: We Need A Resolution
MTV Video Music Awards
2002 – Best R&B Video: Rock the Boat – Winner
2000 – Best Female Video: Try Again – Winner
2000 – Best Video From Film: Try Again – Winner
MTV Movie Awards
2001 – Best Movie Song: Try Again
1999 – Best Movie Song: Are You That Somebody?
MTV Europe Music Awards
2003 – Best Song: Rock the Boat
2001 – Best Song: Try Again
New Musical Express, UK (NME)
2002 – Record of the Year: More than A Woman
Pakistan Music Awards
2001 – Best Song from a Female Artist: Try Again
2001 – Best Song from an International Film: Try Again
2001 – Best Female Dance Video: Try Again
Rolling Stone (Title)
2001 – Best R&B Album: Aaliyah
Soul Train Awards
2002 – Female R&B/Soul Single: Rock the Boat
2001 – Female R&B/Soul Single: Try Again
Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards
2002 – Best R&B/Soul Single: Rock the Boat
2002 – Best R&B/Soul or Rap Song of the Year: Rock the Boat
World Music Awards
2002 – World’s Best Selling Female R&B Artist Of The Year