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aaliyah_bigToday 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!


Aaliyah: 1979–1990: Early Life Brooklyn To Detroit

Remembering Aaliyah – The Early Years: Childhood, Starsearch and a rare performance 16 years of age singing the National Anthem.


Aaliyah 1991–1995: Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number

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.


Aaliyah 1996–1999: One in a Million

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!


Aaliyah 2000–2001: Romeo Must Die And Eponymous Album

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.


Aaliyah: Plane crash, Passing And Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Photos of Aaliyah’s Funeral Service as well as Details of Plane crash, Passing and the Wrongful Death Lawsuit


Aaliyah 2001–2005: Life After Death

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.


Aaliyah: The Motion Picture

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.


Dame Dash On Aaliyah: “I Was Gonna Marry Her”

NEW MUSIC: The-Dream Covers Aaliyah’s “One In A Million”

The-Dream Explains Why He Butchered Aaliyah’s Classic

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