Aaliyah Dana Haughton was born with a god-given talent to sing, perform and be the face of a new generation of hip hop and R&B. As a game-changer in the music industry, the young songstress had already sold double-platinum with her debut album Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number. Signed to Jive Records at 12-years-old, the Brooklyn-born artist was taken under the wing by legendary musicians R. Kelly, Missy Elliot and Timbaland, thus leading to her record of selling over 52 million records worldwide—even after her unfortunate death.
On August 25, 2001; the late singer was killed in a plane crash on the way back from her trip to the Bahamas and the filming of her last video “Rock The Boat.” Aaliyah left this world when she was 22-years-old and event though her career was short-lived the impact of her musical legacy has lived on in urban music culture for many years. On the 14th anniversary of Aaliyah’s death, check out our 10 reasons why Aaliyah was one of the most influential artists in R&B music.
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