The young superstar, who was also an aspiring actress, had just wrapped a music video shoot in the Bahamas for her single “Rock The Boat,” when the aircraft she boarded crashed moments after takeoff. Eight others, including makeup artists, a security guard and the pilot, were also killed.
Aaliyah, whose full name was Aaliyah Dana Haughton, was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Jan. 16, 1979. After signing her first record deal at the age of 12, the singer went on to release three studio albums, including the self-titled “Aaliyah,” which was released just two months before her tragic death.
From her shared screen time with a hawk in “Are You That Somebody” to her slick dance moves in “Try Again,” Aaliyah was always inventing something new in her music videos.
Missy Elliott, who appeared in the music video for the 1997 hit “Up Jumps Da Boogie” with Timbaland, Magoo and Aaliyah, paid tribute to the late singer on Saturday via Twitter.
AALIYAH u will always be a 1 in A MILLION to your Fans & TheSupafriends Me,Timbo,Magoo,Ginuwine,Playa,Tweet,Nicole. WeLoveU
— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) August 25, 2012
Nicki Minaj also took to Twitter to commemorate Aaliyah, writing:
Rest in perfect peace Aaliyah. Have a blessed day you guys.
— Nicki Minaj (@NICKIMINAJ) August 25, 2012
In memory of Aaliyah’s music and work, here are her top five unforgettable music videos. Which one is your favorite? Share your thoughts below.