1/16/1979, Brooklyn, New York



Birth Name

Aeliyatt Dana Houghton



Also Known As

Aaliyah Haughton, Aaliyah~ Queen and Legendary R&B singer, Princess of R&B
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Aaliyah Dana Haughton was first introduced to the world on the syndication tv series Star Search. Aaliyah got her first big break when singer R. Kelly took her under his wing and helped her create her first album, 1994's Age Ain't Nothing But a Number. During Aaliyah's senior…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In the summer of 2001, Aaliyah filmed the video for her intended second single More Than A Woman. The video was to be released, but Rock The Boat began receiving huge amounts of radio-play, so she was immediately sent to the Bahamas to shoot the video. However, after her life was claimed by a fatal plain crash, More Than A Woman ended up becoming her third self-titled album's third single.

    • Aaliyah had seven Top 10 hits on the Billboard Top 100 Countdown.

    • Aaliyah is interred in a private room at the Rosewood Mausoleum at the Ferncliff Cemetary in Hartsdale, New York.

    • Aaliyah was set to play the lead in the 2003 film Honey, which was then played by Jessica Alba.

    • Aaliyah has been mentioned in numerous songs through out the years, including songs by Missy Elliot, Jadakiss, Mary J. Blige, and Yolanda Adams.

    • Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails was to produce a song on Aaliyah's last album, but due to scheduling conflict, it never happened.

    • Aaliyah has been the topic of four books: aaliyah: more than a woman (Christopher John Farley, 2001), Aaliyah: An R&B Princess in Words and Pictures (Kelly Kenyatta, 2002), Aaliyah (Tim Footman, 2003), and Aaliyah Remembered: Her Life & The Person behind the Mystique (William Sutherland, 2005).

    • Aaliyah is mentioned in Brandy's 2004 song Afrodisiac. She is referred to in the line, "Get babygirl's attention, she's more than a woman and we sure do miss her."

    • Aaliyah was the spokeswoman for Clairol's hair product for women of color, Texture and Tones, in 1998.

    • Aaliyah's best friend was Kidada Jones, whom she met at a Tommy Hilfiger photo shoot in 1996.

    • When Aaliyah was 19, she was the first and youngest African-American woman to perform at the Oscars.

    • Aaliyah was the face of Tommy Hilfiger's street-but-sweet line in 1996-97.

    • In 2006, one of Aaliyah's unreleased tracks was released onto the Internet. It was called Time, and was meant for the 2002 soundtrack 30 Years To Live.

    • The video for Take Away was dedicated to Aaliyah.

    • Aaliyah's maternal grandmother, Mintis L. Hicks Hankerson, was Native American.

    • Though Aaliyah is featured in Notorious BIG’s video One More Chance, she is not actually doing the vocals. They were performed by Faith Evans.

    • When Aaliyah was 15, she performed the "National Anthem" at an Orlando Magic game in 1995.

    • Aaliyah was in the movies Romeo Must Die and Queen of the Damned.

    • Aaliyah had just filmed the video for "Rock the Boat" in the Bahamas before her death.

    • Aaliyah was good friends with Missy Elliot.

    • Aaliyah had a greatest hits album and DVD released after her untimely death.

    • Aaliyah was considered for the part of "Alex" in Charlie's Angels, but she was to young, so the part was given to Lucy Liu.

    • Aaliyah's uncle is a famous music producer, Barry Hankerson.

    • Aaliyah was voted First Place in 2000 by the readers of Black Men Magazine for "The 10 Sexiest Women of the Year."

    • Aaliyah is the Pincess of RnB/Soul and Pop.

    • Grammy-winning R&B singer Gladys Knight was her aunt by a former marriage to Aaliyah's uncle Barry Hankerson.

    • Aaliyah is originally from New York, but later she moved to Detroit.

    • Aaliyah is Arabic for "Highest, Most exalted one; the best".

  • Quotes

    • Aaliyah: I think it's important to take a break, you know, from the public eye for a while, and give people a chance to miss you. I want longevity. I don't want to get out there and run myself ragged and spread myself thin.

    • Aaliyah: Well, I think that the image is a part of me. I wear the baggy pants , the hats, the whole nine. And you know, I may add a little for the excitement and the intrigue in the videos, but my family has told me that little air of mystery that surrounds me is for real.

    • Aaliyah: I want people to remember me as a full on entertainer and a good person.

    • Aaliyah: Keep working hard and you can get anything that you want. If God gave you the talent, you should go for it. But don't think it's going to be easy. It's hard!

  • This is a R&B Singer who died tragically in a very young age and music will never be the same without here.

    How in the world did we must this woman, R&B Hasn't been the same without her, she will be a woman who has changed my life and your lives for the better, I Still celebrate her anniversary everyday for the rest of my life, this is like Natalie Wood a famous singer of Hart to Hart star, both killed tragically, another reason why I Just can't go to the bahamas, because of Aaliyah, her songs and her music will continue to be remembered for a very long time, I Don't think music will ever be the same again

    R.I.P. Aaliyah.moreless
  • Words Just can't Explain

    Aaliyah was a very beautiful and talented person she will forever live in my heart Until my Dying Day I have been on You tube watching her videos and looking at her interviews and she was just an extraordinary person looks personality and all she had it if you could rank her it would not be a scale big enough to obtain the number she was even a million can't compare to what she was Priceless is more like it no one in the world can ever compare to her she is everything that she said she wanted people to remember her as and so much more Love U Aaliyah Always and forever R.I.Pmoreless