- Late American American R&B singer, actress Aaliyah is being remembered 18 years after she died in an ill-fated plane crash
-The late singer's best friend, Missy Elliot, shared how her music has been impacting on the music scene even in death
- Many other celebrities like Drake, Ciara also celebrate the young artist that died at 22
On Sunday, August 25, 2001, iconic R&B singer, actress and model Aaliyah, died at the age of 22 in a plane crash while flying from the Bahamas to Florida.
Eighteen years down the lane, Aaliyah's legacy lives on with many hip-hop and R&B artists mentioning her as a major influence in their career.
Aaliyah, at 15, made the first top-10 hits of her career with the songs Back & Forth and At Your Best (You Are Love) from her debut album Age Aint Nothing but a Number. The album was later certified Platinum.
With the release of two more albums, One in a Million and self-titled Aaliyah, both of which were certified double Platinum in the US, the young singer’s star continued to rise.
Aaliyah featured as guest star on TV shows and also played the lead in two films, Romeo Must Die with Jet Li and Queen of the Damned.
Her self-titled last album, Aaliyah, was released just weeks before her death. She died just after shooting the music video for the single Rock the Boat in the Bahamas. She boarded the ill-fated plane Cessna 404 that soon crashed, killing Aaliyah and eight other passengers.
In remembrance of Aaliyah, 18 years after, rapper/producer Missy Elliot who was Aaliyah's close friend and collaborator paid tribute to the singer via Twitter on Sunday, August 25, 2019. She noted that Aaliyah's style and music continue to impact generations.
"Aaliyah has had probably the most impact on my career because when I made the choice to start singing ... I needed someone to reference ... I just found comfort in all of Aaliyah's music," Canadian rapper/singer Drake said in an interview with Soul Culture
Ciara on her part said: "She was true to who she was and she didn't seem to care about it. The core of her art to me is heavily, heavily urban-based. When an artist's music is so urban-based, sometimes people like to take risks with artists like that. When you think about it, it really is pop, it really is cultural and that's the one thing that I thought was cool about her music. It never felt like she was trying to reach across or do anything more than just keep that cool, soulful, heavy urban core about it. It wasn't like she was trying to be anything more than who she was. I really respect that and I appreciate that."
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