Aaliyah Dana Haughton may be gone physically, but spiritually, she's as present as the day she released her debut album, Age Ain't Nothing but a Number (1994). The unanimously crowned, Princess of R&B, mesmerized the world with her gentle melodic voice and warmed the hearts of fans with her radiant and joyful personality.
Prior to her untimely passing (August 25, 2001), Aaliyah released three studio albums, 'Age Ain't Nothing but a Number (1994)', 'One in a Million (1996)', and 'Aaliyah (2001)'; all boasting a plethora of hit singles, including "One In a Million," "Try Again," "If Your Girl Only New," "Miss You," "Age Ain't Nothing But a Number," and "Are You that Somebody?"
Although her music helped change the landscape of R&B, there are many other reasons why Aaliyah is still a beloved entertainer and music icon. From her undeniable beauty and smile to her unique fashion style, this beautiful angel's impact on the world is set in stone.
While we all may have personal reasons why she is dear to our hearts, we have put together a list of why Aaliyah is and always will be an influential icon just in time for the premiere of the Lifetime Original Movie, “Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B,” on Saturday, November 15, at 8pm ET/PT.
Some of today’s biggest names in R&B pull Inspiration from Aaliyah’s style, energy, and sound. Artists like Beyonce, Ciara, Keri Hilson, Sevyn Streeter, Tinashe are just a small list of ladies that created a sound with inspiration from Aaliyah.
Heart & Spirit
Those closest to Aaliyah always share stories about her sweet spirit and kindred soul. Aaliyah loved people and life, which made people love her even more. Missy Elliot, a very close friend to the late singer, always tells the story of how she met Aaliyah. She expected her to be an imperious and temperamental superstar, and was surprised to learn that she was the complete opposite. Aaliyah was always filled with laughter and joy. She truly defined what it meant to be an angel.
Aaliyah started her career off with a tomboy fashion-style. She rocked everything from beanie hats, baggy pants, over-sized jean jackets, and large black sunglasses. She wasn’t provocatively dressed, nor was she trying to be a sex symbol at age 15. Her fans began to pick up on her boyish vibes. Every young girl wanted a tank top, baggy jean, and the infamous side swept bangs that covered one eye. As she grew, her style matured. In the later years of her life, she was seen wearing sexy silhouettes and showing off her svelte figure. From her music video looks to her red carpet style, Aaliyah remained a huge influence in how females dressed, while being a role model to young girls.
It didn’t take much for Aaliyah to get picture perfect ready. As a person who oozes confidence, she did not need pink or blonde wigs to help her stand out. During award shows and appearances, she wore natural makeup looks and hairstyles. Her body was sleek, slender and sexy. Aaliyah was gorgeous whether she was wearing Timberland boots or high heeled shoes. Although we can’t help but notice her beauty, she wanted her music to be the focus.
Voice and Sound
Aaliyah, labeled an innovator of the R&B genre, has sold over 55 million records worldwide. She, along with producers Missy Elliott and Timbaland, created new sounds and altered what it meant to be an R&B artist. Aaliyah’s voice was used as an instrument; it was sweet, soulful and clean. There is no voice like hers nor sound that could match, which makes her timeless. We’re sure the world will be vibing to her records for many years to come.