Aaliyah

Singer, Actor, Dancer
After landing a record deal at age 12, glamorous singer-actress, Aaliyah became a star after working closely with mentor - and rumored husband - R. Kelly on her debut album, 1994's triple platinum Age Ain't Nothing ... Read more »
Born: 01/16/1979 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (21)

Queen of the Damned 2002 (Movie)

Queen Akasha (Actor)

Everybody Talk About... Pop Music! 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

MTV Icon: Janet Jackson 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

MTV20: Live and Almost Legal 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Sizzlin' Sixteen 2001 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2000 MTV Video Music Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 2001 Essence Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 2001 MTV Movie Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Performer

Romeo Must Die 2000 (Movie)

Trish O'Day (Actor)

The 2000 MTV Movie Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Performer

The 2000 Teen Choice Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Performer

MTV's New Year's Eve Live 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Teen People's 21 Hottest Stars Under 21 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

12th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Performer

A Gift of Song 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Christmas in Washington 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

R & B '97: Year in Review 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Performer

New York Undercover 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Soul Train Music Awards: 11th Anniversary 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Performer

The American Music Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Presenter
Music (6)

Boyhood 2014 (Movie)

("Try Again") (Song Performer)

Next Friday 2000 (Movie)

("I Don't Wanna") (Song Performer)

Romeo Must Die 2000 (Movie)

("Come Back in One Piece" (featuring DMX) "I Don't Wanna" "Are You Feelin' Me?" "Try Again") (Song Performer)

Varsity Blues 1999 (Movie)

("If Your Girl Only Knew") (Song Performer)

Dr. Dolittle 1998 (Movie)

("Are You That Somebody?") (Song Performer)

Anastasia 1997 (Movie)

("Journey To the Past") (Song Performer)

Biography

After landing a record deal at age 12, glamorous singer-actress, Aaliyah became a star after working closely with mentor - and rumored husband - R. Kelly on her debut album, 1994's triple platinum Age Ain't Nothing But a Number. Cultivating a "street but sweet" persona to match her silky vocals, Aaliyah added Missy Elliott and Timbaland to her list of mentors/producers, scoring again with 1996's multiplatinum One in a Million After singing the Oscar-nominated song "Journey to the Past" for the animated feature "Anastasia" (1997), Aaliyah's allure to people of all ages and races earned her a starring role opposite Jet Li in the action romance "Romeo Must Die" (2000), which yielded her smash single "Try Again" on the movie's soundtrack. On a definite roll, both on the big screen and the Billboard charts, the down-to-earth performer, beloved by everyone working in the R&B/hip-hop world, filmed the title role in the Anne Rice adaptation of "The Queen of the Damned" (2002), followed by being cast in the back-to-back sequels to the monster hit "The Matrix" (1999). Unfortunately, fate had other plans. Shortly after the release of her third album, Aaliyah, on Aug. 25, 2001, the 22-year-old and her entourage were killed instantly when the small plane they had chartered after filming a music video in the Bahamas crashed after takeoff. Posthumously, her eponymous album topped the charts while millions of fans, family and friends grieved over her premature loss. Although her charmed life was cut short, Aaliyah left behind a tragic legacy of what might have been, based on an already distinguished career that had showed no signs of slowing down.

Relationships

Damon Dash

Companion
born in May 1971 works for Roc-a-Fella Records

Jomo Hankerson

Cousin

Barry Hankerton

Uncle
once married to singer Gladys Knight, managed singer and producer R Kelly survived her

Michael Haughton

Father
survived her

Diane Haughton

Mother
survived her

Rashad Haughton

Brother
born c. 1977 survived her

R Kelly

Husband
born c. 1967 married in August 1994 annulled in February 1995 Aaliyah denied the union and Kelly refused to comment

EDUCATION

Detroit High School for the Fine and Performing Arts

Detroit , Michigan 1996
graduated

Milestones

2002

Played the title role in the film version of Anne Rice's "Queen of the Damned." Released posthumously

2001

Released third album, the self-titled Aaliyah

2000

Made feature acting debut as co-star to Jet Li in the action-romance feature "Romeo Must Die"

1999

Was named one of the "21 Hottest Stars Under 21" by Teen People

1998

Scored a hit single and a Grammy nomination with "Are You That Somebody?" from the "Dr. Dolittle" motion picture soundtrack

1998

Performed the Academy Award-nominated song "Journey to the Past" from the film "Anastasia" at the Oscars telecast

1997

Was invited to audition for a role in the Broadway production of "Aida" after a performance on "The Rosie O'Donnell Show"

1997

Guest starred as herself in an episode of Fox's "New York Undercover"

1996

Released her critically acclaimed follow up LP One in a Million on Atlantic Records, produced by Missy Elliot and Jermaine Dupri

1994

Was rocked by scandal when reports leaked that the then 15-year-old had been wed to her 27-year-old producer, R&B crooner R. Kelly

1994

Released the album Age Ain't Nothing But a Number, featuring the hit singles "Back and Forth," "At Your Best (You are Love)" and the title track

1990

At age 11, competed on "Star Search" (date approximate)

1990

Performed with Gladys Knight in a five-night Las Vegas engagement

1984

Moved with family from Brooklyn to Detroit at age five (date approximate)

Had been cast in a featured role in the sequel "The Matrix Reloaded"

Known for such albums as "I Care 4 U" and "One In A Million"

Popular songs include "Try Again" and "Rock The Boat".

Bonus Trivia

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Aaliyah means "highest, most exalted one" in Arabic.

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Aaliyah to Vibe (December 1996-January 1997) upon the release of her second album, the multiplatinum One in a Million: "I just think this is the next level for me. I'm 17 now, so I've grown in a lot of ways – artistically, vocally and the whole bit. I'm very creative and always thinking of what I can do next, like songwriting, dancing and acting. I'm having fun and enjoying the fruits of my labor."

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On her decidedly adult image: "My mom will say 'There is something about her that is always sexy.' My image isn't a put-on. When you listen to me and hear the smooth tones – that's what I'm giving off. As a child, I didn't really notice. Now I'm in tune with it. It can definitely be a power, and I use it to my advantage." – quoted in Elle, August 1999.

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Aaliyah on her involvement in the creative process: "This is my life, this is my work, so I like to have the final say, but, on the creative side, I was trained as a singer, actress and dancer – the interpreter, bringing other people's words to life. If all artists wrote, what would writers do?" – to London's Daily Telegraph, July 19, 2001.

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Killed Aug. 25, 2001, along with eight other people when her plane crashed shortly after taking off from the Marsh Harbour Airport in the Bahamas. The 22-year-old was returning to the U.S. after having completed her music video for "Rock the Boat" on the Bahamian island of Abaco.

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