Hip hop soul, Musical Artist

1979 – 2001


Who was Aaliyah?

Aaliyah Dana Haughton, who performed under the mononym Aaliyah, was an American recording artist, dancer, actress and model. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Detroit, Michigan. At the age of 10, she appeared on the television show Star Search and performed in concert alongside Gladys Knight. At age 12, Aaliyah signed with Jive Records and her uncle Barry Hankerson's Blackground Records. Hankerson introduced her to R. Kelly, who became her mentor, as well as lead songwriter and producer of her debut album, Age Ain't Nothing but a Number. The album sold three million copies in the United States and was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. After facing allegations of an illegal marriage with R. Kelly, Aaliyah ended her contract with Jive and signed with Atlantic Records.

Aaliyah worked with record producers Timbaland and Missy Elliott for her second album, One in a Million; it sold 3.7 million copies in the United States and over eight million copies worldwide. In 2000, Aaliyah appeared in her first major film, Romeo Must Die. She contributed to the film's soundtrack, which spawned the single "Try Again". The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 solely on airplay, making Aaliyah the first artist in Billboard history to achieve this feat. "Try Again" earned Aaliyah a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female R&B Vocalist. After completing Romeo Must Die, Aaliyah filmed her part in Queen of the Damned. She released her third and final album, Aaliyah, in July 2001.

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Jan 16, 1979
Also known as
  • Aallyah
  • Alliyah
  • Aaliyah (Ah-lee-yah)
  • Aaliya
  • Aalliyah
  • Aliyah
  • Aaliyah Dana Haughton
  • aaliyah
  • Aaliyah Haughton
  • Li Li
  • Catholicism
  • African American
  • Native Americans in the United States
  • Oneida people
  • United States of America
  • Detroit School of Arts
Lived in
  • Brooklyn
  • Detroit
Aug 25, 2001
Marsh Harbor
Resting place
Ferncliff Cemetery

on July 23, 2013


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