Aliyah is one of the most beloved artists of our time. A talented singer and dancer, she won our hearts when she arrived on the scene with her 1994 debut album, ‘Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number.’ With help from Missy Elliott and Timbaland, her sophomore LP, ‘One in a Million,’ ushered in a fresh, new sound for modern R&B. Girl-next-door sweetness, sensual dance moves and an undeniable cool made Aaliyah a veritable style icon and role model. Girls wanted to be just like her, while men swooned for her.
It was only a matter of time before Hollywood took notice. The multitalented singer starred in the action-romance film ‘Romeo Must Die’ in 2000. More roles followed, including playing a vampire in Anne Rice’s ‘Queen of the Damned.’
Just as the singer’s star was beginning to rise, tragedy struck. On Aug. 25, 2001, Aaliyah and eight others on her team were killed in a plane crash in the Bahamas following the filming of the music video for ‘Rock the Boat.’
Over a decade after her untimely death, the songstress continues to inspire artists in all genres. We remember and celebrate the woman known as “Baby Girl” with 25 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Aaliyah.