Aaliyah Dana Haughton was born on January 16, 1979 in Brooklyn, New York to parents Michael and Diane Haughton. When Aaliyah was younger, she grew up in Detroit, Michigan, and attended a lot of schools. Aaliyah attended Detroit High School for Fine and Performing Arts.
Aaliyah was introduced to the world of fame and music by R&B singer R. Kelly
. It was said that R. Kelly
and Aaliyah were married when Aaliyah was just 15 years of age. The marriage was quickly anulled. Aaliyah became famous on her own right during the mid-1990s with several hit records from the songwriting/production team of Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott
, and their associate Steve "Static" Garrett.
In 1997, Aaliyah sang a song on the Anastasia soundtrack album. The song was nominated for an Academy Award, and Aaliyah performed the song at the 1997 Academy Awards ceremony, making history. Aaliyah became the youngest female recording artist to perform at the ceremony.
Aaliyah caught the acting bug, also, and showed her talent as not just a singer, but a actress. She played in a few films, starring in Romeo Must Die (2000) and Queen Of The Damned (2002).
Aaliyah traveled to the Bahamas in August 2001 to film the "Rock the Boat" video with director Hype Williams. After filming was completed, Aaliyah and her entourage boarded a Cessna 402 small aircraft, which was to take them to Miami, Florida. The plane took off but quickly descended and crashed in the forest. All nine people aboard, including Aaliyah, the pilot and the other seven passengers, were killed in the crash. Some, including Aaliyah, died immediately; some later, in the hospital.
Movie Credits Include
Queen of the Damned (2002) - Queen Akasha
Romeo Must Die (2000) - Trish O'Day
Rest In Peace Aaliyah. You're in all of our hearts.