Aaliyah: Remembering the singer 20 years after her tragic death

Il cantante, born Aaliyah Haughton, was just 22 years old and in the midst of shooting a music video for her third and final self-titled album, “Aaliyah,” when she died.

In agosto 25, 2001, Aaliyah boarded a twin-engine Cessna in the Bahamas bound for Florida when it crashed moments after taking off. Eight others also perished. After an investigation, the plane was found to be overloaded by 700 libbre.

In a lawsuit filed by her parents, Michael and Diana Haughton, reached a settlement for an undisclosed amount with the plane’s operator, owners and flight broker, per Fox11 News.

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A solo 12 Anni, Aaliyah signed for a record deal with her uncle in Detroit.

Due anni dopo, she teamed with R. Kelly to make her first recordAge Ain’t Nothing But a Number.She became involved with R. Kelly and the two were secretly married when Aaliyah was just 15. Her parents discovered this and quickly annulled the marriage.

Aaliyah died on August 25, 2001 in a plane crash in the Bahamas.

Aaliyah died on August 25, 2001 in a plane crash in the Bahamas. (Kevin Mazur / WireImage)

But the scandal tarnished Aaliyah’s reputation more than R. Kelly, who is currently on trial for sex trafficking charges stemming more than two decades. She was portrayed as a teen seductress rather than one of the first of R. Kelly’s many victims.

After her relationship with R. Kelly went public, Aaliyah became extremely private but kept recording hit records. She teamed with then-unknowns Timbaland and Missy Elliot for her second recordOne in a Million,” which has sold 8 million copies worldwide.

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Nel frattempo, she was making her mark in the fashion and movie industries. Her signature style of a crop top or bandeau top paired with baggy jeans, with long hair partially covering her left eye, is emblematic of hersweet but streetstyle and still emulated today.

Aaliyah performing at KMEL 106 Summer Jam at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View Calif. on August  29th, 1998.

Aaliyah performing at KMEL 106 Summer Jam at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View Calif. on August 29th, 1998. (Tim Mosenfelder/ImageDirect)

She also had roles in the moviesRomeo Must Die” e “Queen of the Damnedand was set to act in theMatrixsequels before she died.

Aaliyah’sTry Againbeat out Britney Spears’ “ops!… I Did It Againvideo and Christina Aguilera’sWhat a Girl Wantsto win best female video at the MTV video awards in 2000, another sign she was poised for superstardom.

Her music is now available to stream after a fan campaign on social media gained attention.

Blackground Records said it plans to release the albums to streaming services on Aug. 20, in time for the 20th anniversary of Aaliyah’s death. The move is not without controversy. Aaliyah’s family estate does not support the release.

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