Aaliyah: 20th Anniversary of Her Passing

Aaliyah’s Signature

August 25, 2021, is the 20th Anniversary of R&B singer Aaliyah’s passing. Big hits include the song Try Again

Aaliyah got recognition at the age of 10 when she appeared on the program Star Search and performed with Gladys Night

Aaliyah signed with Jive Records and her uncle Barry Hankerson’s Blackground Records two years later. At age 14, Aaliyah records her first album, Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number (1994).  

   The second album, One in a Million (1996), had bold and experimental music. It sold three million copies in the US and eight million records around the world.

        Aaliyah defined the teen sound and influenced artists, such as Brandy, Christina Aguilera, and Destiny’s Child. In recent years, her music impacted contemporary singers like Adele, The Weeknd, Beyoncé, etc. Her musical style had a combination of R&B, Pop and Hip hop. She pushed boundaries in music while still keeping some old-school soul music. Some say her songs had staccato arrangements.

Aaliyah’s voice was bold, rich, and dynamic. Her singing had an incredible soprano range – she sang with great soul and passion. She inspired many legends, including Prince and Stevie Wonder. 

She also had acted in two movies: Romeo Must Die and Queen of the Damned. The soundtrack of Romeo Must Die had Aaliyah’s single and big hit Try Again.

Aaliyah’s musical career was sadly cut short, but it was impressive and fulfilled with an incredible musical range that impacted so many artists over time.

RIP Aaliyah


Years active: 1989–2001

Musical genres: R&B, Pop & Hip hop


Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number (1994) 

One in a Million (1996) 

Aaliyah (2001)

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