Born In: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Aaliyah was an American singer, best known for her debut album ‘Age Ain't Nothing but a Number’ which sold three million copies in the United States. Her second album was also a resounding success and she soon became one of the hottest youth icons of the 1990s. She had inherited her singing talent from her vocalist mother and was interested in music from an early age. Recording artist Gladys Maria Knight was her close relative and played a major role in introducing young Aaliyah to the show business. She traveled often with Gladys and began auditioning for commercials and television programs. She got lucky and signed a deal with ‘Jive Records’ and was also signed by her Uncle Barry Hankerson's ‘Blackground Records’ at the age of 12. Her debut album, which was recorded when she was just 14, proved to be a sensational hit and is said to have defined R&B in the 1990s. A successful singing career followed and she soon ventured into films as well, making her debut as an actress in ‘Romeo Must Die,’ starring opposite martial artist Jet Li. She also served as an executive producer of the film's soundtrack, where she contributed four songs. The rising star met an abrupt end when she died aged 22 in an aircraft crash in 2001.
Nick Name: Babygirl
Also Known As: Aaliyah Dana Haughton
Died At Age: 22
Spouse/Ex-: R. Kelly
father: Michael Haughton
siblings: Rashad Haughton
Partner: Damon Dash (2000–2001)
Born Country: United States
place of death: Marsh Harbour, The Bahamas
Cause of Death: Airplane Crash
City: Brooklyn, New York City
U.S. State: New Yorkers
Aaliyah Dana Haughton was born on January 16, 1979, in Brooklyn, New York, to Diane and Michael Haughton. She had one brother whom she was very close to. She was very family oriented and had close relations with her parents and grandmother. She was of African-American descent.
The tremendous success of the album catapulted Aaliyah to international stardom. During this time, rumors of her illegal marriage with her mentor and recording artist and producer R. Kelly began circulating.
In order to silence the rumors, Aaliyah left ‘Jive Records’ and signed a contract with ‘Atlantic Records,’ under which she released her second album ‘One in a Million’ in 1996. This album was also a major success. It peaked at No. 18 on the ‘Billboard 200,’ and sold over 3.7 million copies in the United States and over eight million copies worldwide. It was certified double platinum by the ‘RIAA.’
In 1997, she contributed to the soundtrack ofthe animated feature ‘Anastasia,’ performing a cover version of ‘Journey to the Past.’ She then performed the song at the 1998 ‘Academy Awards,’becoming the youngest singer to perform at the event. The song ‘Are You That Somebody?’ featured on the ‘Dr. Dolittle’ soundtrack and earned Aaliyah her first ‘Grammy Award’ nomination.
It was once rumored that Aaliyah had wed R. Kelly in an illegal marriage that was later annulled. The pair, however, denied the rumors. She was dating Damon Dash, co-founder of ‘Roc-A-Fella Records,’ at the time of her death.
The plane was smaller than the one the crew had arrived in. However, the whole party and the equipment were accommodated on board, overloading the plane with a surplus of 320 kg and one excess passenger. The plane crashed soon after taking off, killing everyone on board.
(Crime, Thriller, Action)
(Drama, Horror, Fantasy)
|2000||Best Female Video||Aaliyah: Try Again (2000)|
|2000||Best Video from a Film||Aaliyah: Try Again (2000)|
|2000||Best Video from a Film||Romeo Must Die (2000)|