Happy Birthday Aaliyah: Remembering The R&B Legend On What Would've Been Her 39th Birthday

On Tuesday, Jan. 16, music legend Aaliyah was remembered and celebrated on what would've been her 39th birthday.

The R&B singer passed away on Aug. 25, 2001 after recording her music for "Rock The Boat." She was boarding a flight along with members of her record company when the plane crashed shortly after takeoff.

Aaliyah's death was a sad day for fans and the music industry, but her legacy has managed to continue for over a decade.

Aaliyah is best known for her singles such as, "I Don't Wanna," "One in a Million," "More than a Woman" and "We need a Resolution."

Throughout her career, Aaliyah has also worked with artists such as, Missy Elliot, Timbaland, and DMX.

While fans of the singer always remember this day, celebrities that were close to her also took some time to pay homage to the icon.

Rapper Missy Elliot took to her Instagram to share a collage of throwback photos of herself and Aaliyah along with an emotional caption.

"Aaliyah so many people LOVE your Style & Music TIL this day! I wish they all got a chance to meet you to see how CARING you were to EVERYONE you met! I CAN STILL HEAR YOU LAUGH & us cracking up all the time & me you @Timbaland joking. We MISS YOU so much! But I know you are surrounded by ANGELS and yall dancing doing a Dope routine a sick 8 count for your BDAY. WE LOVE U from The Supa friends! and YOUR FANS! Prayers for mama DIANE & your bro RASHAD." Elliot captioned the photo.

Elliot and producer Timbaland have worked on a slew of tracks with Aaliyah. Timbaland first worked with the singer in 1996 on her album, One in a Million.

Aaliyah's Astonishing Career

Aaliyah made her debut at the age of 15-years-old by releasing her first album, Age Aint Nothing But a Number on May 24, 1994. Shortly after, Aaliyah began to work with singer R. Kelly who later became her mentor. The album sold over 70,000 copies in its first week and featured two hit singles, "Back & Forth" and "At Your Best (You Are Love)." 

The dancer also starred in the 2000 film, Romeo Must Die and contributed to the film's soundtrack. Fans of the singer probably remember that her single "Try Again" made its debut on the soundtrack and earned a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocalist. 

To this day, Aaliyah is one of the most influential artists whose legacy will live on forever.

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