Aaliyah Dana Haughton-One In a Million
Aaliyah Dana Haughton was born on January 16, 1979 in Brooklyn NY. She was raised in Detroit and was always interested in singing. At the age of 10, she auditioned for Star Search. She didn't win, but gave her the drive to make it in the music business. At the age of 12, she was signed to Jive Records under Blackground Records Label. Under her uncle, who established Blackground records, he introduced her to R. Kelly and became her mentor. She made Age and Nuthin But a Number and it sold over 3 million records, solidifying as a bonafied artist.
After some tough times which she endured with accusations of being married to Kelly, she severed ties with the singer and met Timberland and for her second album, "One In a Million". This was a new sound that people had never head on the scene or from Aaliyah. It was often described as more mature. It sold a record 3.7 million in the states and 8 million world wide. She sold an estimated 24-32 million worldwide throughout her career. She eventually landed a role in Romeo Must Die, starring opposite Jet Li.
She got a Grammy nod for Best Female R & B vocalist. She also got roles in the film Queen of the Damned after Romeo Must Die. The beauty was definitely on her way up, Her rd album was released on July 2001, simply entitled "Aaliyah" On August 25,2001, Aaliyah and eight other passengers lost their lives in the Bahamas in a plane crash. It was extremely sad and fans were stunned. An outpouring of grief hit the music industry and people were in disbelief because she was only 22.
With all the success she had, many have wandered what success she could have had. She had signed on to play in the next sequels of "The Matrix" and she was also going to be in the movie "The Sparkle", plus the many music albums she would have probably made.
Aaliyah's funeral was held on August 31, 2001, at the Saint Ignatius Loyola Church in New York. Her body was set in a silver casket, which was carried in a glass hearse and was drawn by horse. An estimated 800 mourners were in attendance of the procession. Among those in attendance at the private ceremony were Missy Elliott, Timbaland, Gladys Knight, Lil’ Kim and Sean Combs.] After the service, 22 white doves were released to symbolize each year of Aaliyah's life. She was interred in a crypt in a private room in the Rosewood Mausoleum at the Fern cliff Cemetery.
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