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Twenty years ago today, we lost Aaliyah at age 22 ─ August 25, 2001)

Also, The Icon Aaliyah would have been 42 years old this year if she were here today.

On this day, Aug. 25, in hip-hop history...

Today marks the 20-year anniversary of the tragic death of Aaliyah Dana Haughton. In 2001, the “Princess of R&B” died at the age of 22 in a plane crash in the Bahamas. Her sultry voice and the stylized choreography of her music videos made her one of the top pop stars of her time. She started her career at an early age and by the time she was 21 had a string of hits including, "Back & Forth," "At Your Best (You Are Love)," “One in a Million” and “Rock the Boat.”

Singer and actor Aaliyah Dana Haughton was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. and raised in Detroit. The singer has been credited for redefining contemporary R&B, pop and hip hop. She is often known as the Princess of R&B and even Queen of Urban Pop. Born in Brooklyn, the singer rose to fame at the age of 10, when she was featured in Star Search and performed in a concert with Gladys Knight. Aaliyah was 11 years old when she first shared a stage with Gladys Knight, the great diva from Atlanta who, for a short period in the 1970s,

On Aug. 25, 2001, Aaliyah and eight members of her team were killed in a plane crash in the Bahamas coming back from filming the music video for her upcoming single "Rock the Boat." The pilot of the plane had been drinking and was unlicensed. She was only 22 years old at the time.

The popular singer has been featured in hit films such as Romeo Must Die and Queen of the Damned.

Rest in peace to Aaliyah. Still one in a million.

Take a look at the tributes have poured in for the influential multi-platinum on twitter.


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