Music facts, music trivia, interesting stories and much more. Introducing the "Did You Know" page about American singer, actress, and model, Aaliyah.
Aaliyah (real name: Aaliyah Dana Haughton) was an American singer, model and actress. She was Born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Detroit, Michigan.
Aaliyah first gained recognition when she was 10 years old as she appeared on the television show Star Search and performed in concert alongside Gladys Knight. When Aaliyah was 12, she signed with Jive Records and her uncle Barry Hankerson's Blackground Records. Hankerson then introduced her to R. Kelly, who became her mentor and lead songwriter and producer of her debut album, Age Ain't Nothing but a Number, which sold 3 million copies in the US and was also certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
Aaliyah released her debut album at age 15, but she also married R. Kelly that same age. The two kept the marriage quiet, but eventually it was revealed through court records. Aaliyah lied about her age on the marriage certificate, and the marriage was annulled when her parents found out.
She also had a role in the sequel to The Matrix movie, and had already some of the scenes at the time of her death, but not enough to use in the moive. Nona Gaye, daughter of Marvin Gaye, took her place instead.
On her second album, One in a Million, Aaliyah decided to work with record producers Missy Elliott and Timbaland. The album sold 3 million copies in the US and over 8 million copies all over the world.
In 2000, Aaliyah appeared in her first movie, Romeo Must Die, and contributed to the soundtrack of the film, which spawned the single "Try Again". The song reached the No.1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100, and also earned her a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female R&B Vocalist.
On August 25, 2001, Aaliyah along with eight other people were killed in a plane crash in the Bahamas after they filmed the music video for the single "Rock the Boat". Luis Morales III, who was the pilot, was unlicensed at the time of the accident and toxicology tests revealed that he had traces of alcohol and cocaine in his system.
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