Aaliyah Dana Haughton was an American singer, actress and model. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Detroit, she first gained recognition at the age of 10. On August 25, 2001, aged 22, she died in an airplane accident in the Bahamas.
About Aaliyah in brief
Aaliyah Dana Haughton was an American singer, actress and model. She has been credited for helping to redefine contemporary R&B, pop and hip hop. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Detroit, she first gained recognition at the age of 10. On August 25, 2001, aged 22, Aaliyah died in an airplane accident in the Bahamas, when the badly overloaded aircraft she was traveling in crashed shortly after takeoff. Her accolades include three American Music Awards and two MTV VMAs, along with five Grammy Award nominations. Billboard lists her as the tenth most successful female R&b artist of the past 25 years, and the 27th most successful in history. She had several pet animals during her childhood, including ducks, iguanas and a Jomo, which she named after her cousin, Jomo. Her mother made the decision to drop her surname after hearing that her son had been killed in a car crash. She was the younger child of Diane and Michael “Miguel” Haughon. She is the only member of her family to have been a member of the U.S. Air Force. She also has a brother, Rashad, who was a professional boxer. She died in a plane crash in August 2001, when she was 22 years old. Her music has continued to achieve commercial success, aided by several posthumous releases, and she has sold an estimated 24 to 32 million albums worldwide. Her last album, One in a Million, sold three million copies in the United States and more than eight million copies worldwide.
In 2000, she appeared in her first film, Romeo Must Die, which spawned the single \”Try Again\”. The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 solely on airplay, making her the first artist in Billboard history to achieve this goal. In 2001, she released, in 2001, her self-titled third and final studio album, which top the Billboard 200. She appeared on Star Search and performed in concert alongside Gladys Knight at age 11. At age 12, she signed with Jive Records and her uncle Barry Hankerson’s Blackground Records. Her mentor was R. Kelly, who became her mentor, as well as lead songwriter and producer of her debut album, Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number. Her family was very close due to the struggles of her grandparents and when they moved to Detroit, the Hankersons were ready to take them in if necessary. She started performing at weddings, church choir and charity events. As a child, she traveled with an agent in New York to audition for commercials and television programs, including Family Matters; she went on to appear on Star search at age ten. In first grade, she was cast in the stage play Annie, which inspired her to become an entertainer. Her father began working in the warehouse business, one of his brother-in-law’s widening interests. In Detroit, her mother stayed home and raised Aaliya and her brother. Throughout her life, she had a good relationship with Rashad.