Since her untimely passing in January 2001, many female R&B singers have been compared to Aaliyah. From Keri Hilson to Ciara, a would be 32-years-old Aaliyah Haughton’s fierce dance moves and unique sound, continues to inspire her contributions to music. But in Ginuwine’s case, Beyonce reminds him of Aaliyah the most.
“Aaliyah was in a class by herself,” Ginuwine tells The BoomBox. “If you’re talking triple threat of a writer, singer and actress, that would probably be BeyoncÃ©. If Aaliyah were still here, she and BeyoncÃ© would be neck and neck.”
Triple threat is right. Besides singing and dancing, both Aaliyah and Beyonce had staple roles on the big screen. Aaliyah added actress to her resume with roles in 2000’s ‘Romeo Must Die’ and a lead role in 2002’s ‘Queen of the Damned,’ which was released after the singer passed away, while Beyonce shined in “Austin Powers in Goldmember,” “The Fighting Temptations,” “Dreamgirls,” “Cadillac Records” and 2009’s “Obsessed.”
While Aaliyah’s life was cut short and she was unable to continue her rising career, Ginuwine is confident that Miss Haughton would have been equally successful. The R&B crooner also says new artist shouldn’t be afraid of being compared to Aaliyah or any other greats.
“Ain’t nothing wrong with that,” he says. “I think everyone should aspire to be someone great, and that was one of the greats. Aaliyah was one of the great ones.”