Nov.14 / 2014

‘Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B’ Premieres Tomorrow Plus Her Five Best Musical Moments

Rising to stardom as a teenager, R&B singer Aaliyah dominated the charts with her hugely successful albums and became known worldwide for her silky-smooth voice and enviable dance moves. She made headlines for her shocking marriage to singer R. Kelly when she was just 15 years old. After their annulment, Aaliyah went on to expand her career to Hollywood, taking on leading roles like Juliet and in Romeo Must Die.

Sadly in 2001, Aaliyah was involved in a deadly plane accident that claimed the singer and her music video crew. Ending her career at only 22 years-old, Aaliyah is still considered one of the most successful R&B artists in history.

In anticipation of tomorrow’s premiere of Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B on M3 at 8E/5P, we’re looking at the five best musical moments in the too short career of singer, actress, model, and icon, Aaliyah.

5. Back And Forth

The world was introduced to 15 year-old Aaliyah with the release of her single Back and Forth. The song was off her debut Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number, an album title that took on a completely different meaning once news hit that Aaliyah had secretly married R. Kelly, her 27 year-old producer. The marriage was later annulled, but the album solidified Aaliyah as one of the most promising artists to watch.

4. One In A Million

One In A Million was released in 1996 and featured Aaliyah working with producers and mentors Timbaland and Missy Elliott, two people who were significant to the singer’s career not only for their influence on her sound, but because they marked a fresh beginning away from former-producer R. Kelly. The title track became one of five successful singles released from the album.

3. Try Again

Aaliyah not only starred opposite Jet Li in the 2000 film Romeo Must Die , but she also acted as Executive Producer for the soundtrack and recorded four new songs, including Try Again. It reach number one on the Billboard Top 100, scored a Grammy nomination and took home the MTV Video Music Awards for Best Female Video and Best Video from a Film.

2. Rock That Boat

Aalyiah’s final music video was shot literally hours before her tragic death. Overweight from luggage, the plane Aaliyah and her entourage were passengers on while leaving the video shoot location in the Bahamas crashed, killing everyone on board, including 22 year-old Aaliyah.

1. Are You That Somebody

For anyone that grew up in the late 90s and owns two ears and some hips, this song acts like a time travel machine. Before Timbaland was known for helping skyrocket Justin Timberlake out of his boy band status and into bona fide pop star, he was shaping the career of Aaliyah, along with Missy Elliott. This song earned Aaliyah a Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance at just 19 years-old.