Born Aaliyah Dana Haughton
January 16, 1979
New York City, U.S.
Died August 25, 2001 (aged 22)
Marsh Harbour, Abaco Islands, The Bahamas
Cause of death: Airplane crash
Resting place : Ferncliff Cemetery
Hartsdale, New York, U.S.
Other names Babygirl
Occupation : Singer, actress, model, dancer
Years active 1989–2001
Home town Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Spouse(s) R. Kelly
(m. 1994; ann. 1995)
Partner(s) Damon Dash
Relatives Rashad Haughton (brother)
Barry Hankerson (uncle)
Awards List of awards and nominations received by Aaliyah
Genres : R&B pop hip hop, Instruments,Vocals
Blackground Jive Atlantic Virgin
Missy Elliott, Timbaland,R. Kelly, Junior Mafia , DMX, Static Major
Who is Aaliyah?
Aaliyah Early Life
Singer and actress Aaliyah Dana Haughton was born on January 16, 1979, in Brooklyn, New York. Raised in Detroit, Michigan, the young singer competed unsuccessfully on the television program Star Search at age 11. Later that same year, she performed with R&B legend Gladys Knight, the former wife of her uncle and manager, Barry Hankerson, at a five-night stand in Las Vegas.
Aaliyah Big Break
In 1994, at the age of 15, Aaliyah catapulted onto the R&B charts herself with her debut album, Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number. Produced by the successful singer R. Kelly, the album quickly sold a million copies and eventually earned platinum status based largely on the success of two hit singles, “Back and Forth” and “At Your Best (You Are Love).” Later that year, tabloid reports surfaced claiming that the sultry teen singer had married the 27-year-old Kelly, but Aaliyah denied the union and the marriage was reportedly annulled.
While a student in the dance program at Detroit High School for the Fine and Performing Arts (she graduated in 1997), Aaliyah released her sophomore album, One in a Million (1996). Helmed by the well-known pop producer Timbaland and featuring rap performer Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott, One in a Million portrayed the 17-year-old singer as a sultry hip-hop chanteuse with a self-confidence well beyond her years. The album garnered favorable reviews and sold two million copies.
Aaliyah Commercial Success
Aaliyah gained even more recognition in 1997 when she recorded “Journey to the Past,” the Academy Award-nominated theme song to the animated feature Anastasia.
She also performed the song for the Oscar telecast in 1998. Her next soundtrack effort, “Are You That Somebody?” for 1998’s Dr. Dolittle, starring Eddie Murphy, went to No. 1 on the R&B charts, was a pop crossover hit, and earned Aaliyah her first Grammy Award nomination.
The personal relationships of Aaliyah Dana Haughton have garnered attention since her death in 2001. … Outside of public figures such as herself, Aaliyah claimed to not date very often and in an interview spoke of how little she dated. During the last year of her life, she was involved with Damon Dash.
Aaliyah and R. Kelly Saga
Aaliyah and R. Kelly Secret marriage
When Aaliyah was just 15 years old, she is alleged to have married Kelly, who was aged 27, on August 31 1994 in Chicago. A marriage certificate reported to be from their big day shows Aaliyah as citing her age as 18 at the time of their marriage.
While they tried to keep their marriage a secret to begin with, Aaliyah’s family found out about their union and, according to reports, were ‘outraged’ and demanded an annulment, which Aaliyah agreed to in October that year. Aaliyah and R Kelly are believed to have then parted way in 1995.
In an interview with GQ magazine in 2016, Kelly was asked about his reported marriage to Aaliyah, but he declined to comment. He said: ‘Because of Aaliyah’s passing, as I’ve always said, out of respect for her mother who’s sick and her father who’s passed, I will never have that conversation with anyone. ‘But I can tell you I loved her, I can tell you she loved me, we was very close.
We were, you know, best best best best friends.’ Silence speaks a thousand words Aaliyah reportedly tried to have their marriage records expunged in 1997, around the same time Kelly was in court with Tiffany Hawkins, a 20-year-old woman who was suing the rapper for $10million (£7.7m) for allegedly having sex with her when she was 15 and he was 24. The case was settled with a $250,000 (£195.7) settlement the following year, according to the Chicago Sun Times.
Aaliyah Film Career
In 2000, Aaliyah made her acting debut in the surprise action hit Romeo Must Die, starring opposite martial arts star Jet Li in a Romeo and Juliet-inspired story set in modern-day Los Angeles. She was also an executive producer of the movie’s soundtrack and performed the hit single “Try Again,” which netted her a second Grammy nomination as well as two MTV Music Video Awards for Best Female Video and Best Video From a Film.
Her third album, Aaliyah, was released in July 2001 and reached No. 2 on the Billboard album chart. Also in 2001, she played the title role in Queen of the Damned, based on the bestselling novel by Anne Rice and released in theaters in 2002.
She scored a major casting coup when she signed to appear in two upcoming sequels to the blockbuster sci-fi thriller The Matrix, starring Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne.
Aaliyah Tragic Death
Tragically, Aaliyah was killed on August 25, 2001, when a small Cessna passenger plane carrying the singer and her video crew crashed and burst into flames shortly after takeoff from Abaco Island in the Bahamas, where they had just completed work on a video.
The plane was headed for Miami, Florida. Aaliyah and seven other people, including the pilot, were believed to have died instantly, while a ninth passenger died later at a Bahamian hospital. Aaliyah was 22 years old at the time of her death.
She is survived by her parents, Diane and Michael Haughton, and an older brother, Rashaad.
Aaliyah’s Net Worth
Aaliyah had a net worth of $10 million. She was 5ft 5in tall and ruled under the star sign Capricorn. She died in a plane crash on August 25, 2001 at the age of 21.
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