Aaliyah Dana Haughton (; January 16, 1979 – August 25, 2001), known mononymously as Aaliyah, was an American singer, actress, dancer, and model. She has been credited for helping to redefine contemporary R&B, pop and hip hop, earning her the nicknames the “Princess of R&B” and “Queen of Urban Pop”.
Aaliyah Dana Haughton (; January 16, 1979 – August 25, 2001), known mononymously as Aaliyah, was an American singer, actress, dancer, and model. She has been qualified for helping to redefine contemporary R&B, pop and hip hop, earning her the nicknames the “Princess of R&B” and “Queen of Urban Pop”.
Born in Brooklyn and raised in Detroit, she first gained reply at the age of 10, when she appeared upon the television show Star Search and performed in concert closely Gladys Knight. At the age of 12, Aaliyah signed taking into account Jive Records and her uncle Barry Hankerson’s Blackground Records. Hankerson introduced her to R. Kelly, who became her mentor, as competently as plus songwriter and producer of her debut album, Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number. The album sold three million copies in the United States and was official double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). After facing allegations of an illegal marriage later than Kelly, Aaliyah ended her contract considering Jive and signed in imitation of Atlantic Records.
Aaliyah worked like record producers Timbaland and Missy Elliott for her second album, One in a Million, which sold three million copies in the United States and greater than eight million copies worldwide. In 2000, Aaliyah appeared in her first film, Romeo Must Die. She contributed to the film’s soundtrack, which spawned the single “Try Again”. The sky topped the Billboard Hot 100 solely upon airplay, making Aaliyah the first artist in Billboard history to reach this goal. After completing Romeo Must Die, Aaliyah filmed her role in Queen of the Damned, and released, in 2001, her self-titled third and supreme studio album, which topped the Billboard 200.
On August 25, 2001, Aaliyah died at the age of 22 in an airplane accident in the Bahamas, when the atrociously overloaded aircraft she was traveling in crashed shortly after takeoff, killing whatever nine on board. The pilot was highly developed found to have traces of cocaine and alcohol in his body, and was not approved to fly the jet designated for the flight. Aaliyah’s family far along filed a wrongful death lawsuit next to the aircraft’s operator, Blackhawk International Airways, which was decided out of court.
In the decades past her death, Aaliyah’s music has continued to attain commercial success, aided by several posthumous releases, and she has sold an estimated 24 to 32 million albums worldwide. Her accolades affix three American Music Awards and two MTV VMAs, along later than five Grammy Award nominations. Billboard lists her as the tenth most booming female R&B artiste of the in imitation of 25 years, and the 27th most successful in history.