Today is the 9-year anniversary of Aaliyah’s untimely death. Although she may not have been born in Detroit, she spent most of her life in our city! Here is the story of Aaliyah: the beautiful, the bold and unfortunate passing.
Before we take a trip down memory lane, Let’s Reminisce with Genuwine!
Click on the links below to take a trip through time and visit some of Aaliyah’s memorable moments!
Remembering Aaliyah – The Early Years: Childhood, Starsearch and a rare performance 16 years of age singing the National Anthem.
Remembering Aaliyah: “Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number” and the launch into national stardom which leads to a rumored relationship with R Kelly. Ginuwine shares his thoughts on this and his relationship with Aaliyah.
Remembering Aaliyah- One in a Million and Teaming up with Timbaland and Missy. Check out Aaliyah’s first Academy Awards performance, along with videos for 4 Page Letter, If Your Girl Only Knew and more!
Remembering Aaliyah Romeo Must Die, Queen of the Damned And Eponymous Album along with a behind the scenes look with Aaliyah at the “We Need a Resolution” music video shoot.
Photos of Aaliyah’s Funeral Service as well as Details of Plane crash, Passing and the Wrongful Death Lawsuit
Aaliyah Remembered – The week after Aaliyah’s death, her third studio album, Aaliyah, rose from number 19 to number one on the Billboard 200. “Rock the Boat” was released as a posthumous single. She went on to win two posthumous awards at the American Music Awards of 2002; Favorite Female R&B Artist and Favorite R&B/Soul Album for Aaliyah. Her second and final film, Queen of the Damned, was released in February 2002.
Warner Brothers Films started filming a biopic based on Aaliyah’s life in March 2010. The film will be directed by Bill Condon, the director behind the award-winning blockbuster, Dreamgirls. Canadian singer and former girlfriend of highly popular rapper Drake, Keshia Chanté (pictured below) is set to play the late singer. Chanté bares a striking resemblance to Aaliyah and has been vigorously studying every aspect of the star’s life.