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  • Limited edition print of Aaliyah sat on two men's shoulders in 1994.


Aaliyah Dana Haughton, known simply as Aaliyah, was a pioneering American singer, actress, and model. Born on January 16, 1979, in Brooklyn, New York, she was raised in Detroit, Michigan. Aaliyah signed with Jive Records at the age of 12 and released her debut album, "Age Ain't Nothing but a Number," in 1994, produced by R. Kelly. The album went platinum and established her as a rising star in the R&B genre.

In 1996, Aaliyah released her second album, "One in a Million," produced by Timbaland and Missy Elliott, which further cemented her place in the music industry. Hits like "If Your Girl Only Knew" and "One in a Million" showcased her smooth vocals and innovative sound, blending R&B, hip-hop, and pop influences. The album was a critical and commercial success, selling over 8 million copies worldwide.

Aaliyah also made significant strides in her acting career, starring in films such as "Romeo Must Die" (2000) and "Queen of the Damned" (2002). She contributed to the soundtracks of these films, with songs like "Try Again" becoming major hits.

Tragically, Aaliyah's life was cut short on August 25, 2001, when she died in a plane crash in the Bahamas after filming the music video for "Rock the Boat." She was 22 years old. Despite her untimely death, Aaliyah's influence endures, with her music and style continuing to inspire new generations of artists. Her legacy as a trendsetter and a trailblazer in R&B remains indelible.

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