Aaliyah Haughton was born January 16, 1979, in Brooklyn, New York, but grew up in Detroit, Michigan. Aaliyah was an R&B singer-turned-actress who made her first musical appearance in 1983 on the television show Star Search. She took a break from the industry until 1992, when she began worked with R. Kelly on her debut album, Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number, which was released in 1994. At that time, 15-year-old Aaliyah married Kelly, but the marriage was quickly annulled. Two years later, in 1996, her second album, One in a Million, was released. She collaborated with Jermaine Dupri, Slick Rick, Tim Mosley and Missy Elliott on the record. In 2000, she starred in the martial-arts film Romeo Must Die. She contributed to the soundtrack and released the single “Try Again,” which led to a Grammy nomination for Best Female R&B Vocalist. In 2001, she released her third and final album, Aaliyah. On her way home from the Bahamas after filming the video for her song “Rock the Boat,” Aaliyah and eight others were killed in a plane crash.
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