Mostly Credited As: Aaliyah
Sometimes Credited As: Aaliyah Houghton
Aaliyah Haughton
Aaliyah Dana Haughton

Birth Name: Aaliyah Dana Haughton
Date Of Birth: January 16, 1979 (Age 22)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York City, New York
Date Of Death: August 25, 2001
Cause Of Death: Plane Crash in Marsh Harbour, Abaco Island, Bahama
Height: 5' 7 ½" (1.71 m)


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 Timbaland, 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.

TV Appearances

Episode Cast Credits 

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) 
  Bill Maher, Roy Jones Jr., Allyah 10x28: (Jul/25/2001) As Herself 

The Academy Awards (1953) 
  The 70th Annual Academy Awards 46x01: (Mar/23/1998) As Herself ("Journey to the Past"), [Musical Guests]

All That (1994) 
  Aaliyah 03x17: (Sep/27/1997) As Herself, [Musical Guests]
  Aaliyah 01x07: (Feb/25/1995) As Herself, [Musical Guests]

Showtime at the Apollo (1987) 
  Aaliyah/ Steve Harvey 10x07: (Feb/24/1997) As Herself 

New York Undercover (1994) 
  Fade Out 03x13: (Jan/16/1997) As Herself, [Musical Guests]

Soul Train (1971) 
  Blackstreet/ Aaliyah/ The Braxtons 26x05: (Nov/16/1996) As Herself 
Featured Songs

All That Songs:
Aaliyah + One In a Million 
Aaliyah + Age Ain't Nothing But A Number 
Beverly Hills, 90210 Songs:
What I Did on My Summer Vacation and Other Stories + Back and Forth 
New York Undercover Songs:
Fade Out + Choosey Lover 
Stenders late vermaak Songs:
Season 1, Episode 2 + Try Again 
The Mindy Project Songs:
Christmas Party Sex Trap + Try Again 

Aaliyah's aunt is legendary R&B; singer Gladys Knight.

Graduated from the Detroit High School of the Performing Arts with a 4.0 GPA.

Aaliyah is Arabic for "Highest, Most exalted one".

At the age of 15, Aaliyah married her mentor R. Kelly who was over 25 years old. The marriage was soon annulled.

Parents are Michael and Diane Haughton. Had an older brother named Rashad Haughton who was born in 1977.

"We Need a Resolution," the first single from Aaliyah's highly-anticipated third studio album, was released in April of 2001. The self-titled Aaliyah was released four months later on July 17 2001.

People sometimes referred to her as BabyGirl.

Introduced to audiences by R&B; singer R. Kelly, Aaliyah became famous in her own right during the mid-1990s with several hit records from the songwriting/production team of Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott and Timbaland, and their associate Steve Garrett

Notable for recording several hit records, including five number one R&B; hits, one number one pop hit, and seven top 10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100, Aaliyah sold over 24 million records worldwide during her career.

Aaliyah modeled for Tommy Hilfiger

More Trivia
Aaliyah Quotes
"I think it's important to take a break, you know, from the public eye for a while, and give people a chance to miss you. I want longevity. I don't want to get out there and run myself ragged and spread myself thin."

"Keep working hard and you can get anything that you want. If God gave you the talent, you should go for it. But don't think it's going to be easy. It's hard! "

"I'm the interpreter. I'm the one who takes your words and brings them to life. I was trained to sing and dance and laugh, and that's what I want to do."

"It hurts, but you pick yourself up and move on like nothing happened" - about not getting picked on Star Search as a child