It’s been over 20 years since Aaliyah’s tragic passing in 2001, but her impact on culture is still as strong as ever. At long last, her music and official music videos were made available in digital formats in 2021, and they were just a reminder of how many artists she inspired.
Aaliyah released her debut album, Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number, in 1994 when she was just 14 years old. She earned her first Billboard chart placement with her debut single “Back And Forth,” which peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and went No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs where it stayed for three weeks.
She released her sophomore album One in a Million two years later. Missy Elliott and Timbaland served as producers on the project. “Try Again” earned the singer her first and only top-charter on the Billboard 100. It was nominated for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance at the 43rd Annual GRAMMY Awards.
The Detroit native released her eponymous third album and last album in 2001–one month before her tragic death in an airplane crash. The LP topped the Billboard 200 and spawned hits such as “Rock The Boat, and “More Than A Woman.” She earned three GRAMMY nominations for the album. It was nominated for Best R&B Album, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for “Rock The Boat” (44th Annual GRAMMY Awards), and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for “More Than A Woman” (45th Annual GRAMMY Awards). In Aaliyah’s lifetime, the singer received five Grammy Award nominations.
Aaliyah: Beyond The Music
While having a successful music career, she also branched into Hollywood as an actress. She starred in Romeo Must Die in 2000 alongside the late DMX and Jet Li. In 2001, she also starred in Queen of the Damned, which was released posthumously.
Her recorded legacy stands as one of the best from her era, despite the fact that she only recorded three albums in her lifetime.
Take a look at the artists that have been influenced by Aaliyah’s career: