Happy 31st Birthday Aaliyah

Aaliyah

Today is Aaliyah’s birthday. The singer-actress would have been 31 years old. Below is a rare interview with her from 2001, where she discusses her nicknames, her likes and dislikes, her unlikely inspiration, meeting Stevie Wonder, her most embarrassing memory, and much more. It reminds us of how special she truly was. Thanks to Chet for sending it in.

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83 Comments

  1. Joyams

    Rest In Peace.

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  2. young black and gifted

    A star deemed to early. man she had a great future.

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  3. young black and gifted

    yeah rest in peace

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  4. Claris

    Happy Birthday Aaliyah. such a great talent
    RIP

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  5. Aaliyah's #1 Fan

    HAPPY B~DAY ALLIYAH aka babygirl!!! W0W i still kant believe she would hav been 31 2day =O!!!W£ still havent 4got U babyGirl…R.I.P =[ “At Your Best” (best song ever)

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  6. Aaliyah's #1 Fan

    my bad yalllllll i meant AALIYAH immm soooo sorrry ={

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  7. Elijah

    I did not know Aaliyah was so intelligent. I’m so happy about that. You can be smart and speak proper English in the music industry and be confident in that.

    I wish other music artist spoke proper English.

    I miss Aaliyah….. great interview

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  8. *(SHEzADIVaBUTiMtHATbITCh)*

    An ICON in less than 10 years…….

    Truely missed….Music hasn’t been the same…

    :(

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  9. sugar rush

    AALIYAH FOREVER!!!!

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  10. 100% Nikehead

    A talent that can never be replaced. Happy Birthday Babygirl. We miss you!

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  11. Jimee Vallas

    i love this girl sooo much! shes so real in her interview and looks like sooo much fun! Every R&B artist owes their life to her because she revolutionized music for us now. If she were still around she would dominate the title of Queen of R&B without a doubt!
    Love. Virtuoso. Music. ♥♥♥♥♥

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  12. olivia

    Happy 31st birthday babygirl..u was perfection on earth an now a perfect angel in heaven..i miss u everyday n love u very much..u will always be remembered..u were a stunning,talented,humble soul that touched everyone..have a great day in heaven for ur birthday..xXx

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  13. Chet

    thanks for posting up my video you guys!

    happy birthday, baby girl! you are missed by everyone. often imitated, but never duplicated! you were in a league of your own.

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  14. beyonce

    she dead get over it bitch couldnt even perform better than rihanna she would be irrelevent especially since queen b is out….. im mean in 7 years she onli had 1 number1 song for 1 weeks/.. in 7 years beyonce had 5 for 36 weeks if you add them up

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    will Reply:

    @beyonce, OH HELL NO! Rap-up delete this hating post immediately. Never in my life have i seen somethin like this on someone who is deceased. Not today and definately not about Baby girl.

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    J-Wellz Reply:

    @beyonce, WHO DA FUCK DO UTHINK U IS COMIN ON HERE & CALL SOMEONE DAT IS DEAD A BITCH.U GOT A LOT OF NERVE.YO COMMENT NEEDS 2 DELETED.IF IT WASN’T FOR AALIYAH BEYONCE WOULDN’T BE HERE.ITS PEOPLE LYKE U DAT MAKES ME SICK.U HAVE NO RESPECT WHAT SO EVA

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    AaliyahFan21 Reply:

    @beyonce, Listen up bitch,keep it cute today.It’ not about Beyonce nor all these so called facts you are making up.It’s to celebrate Aaliyah’s birthday.Mad that everyone is saying happy birthday to Aaliyah and not to you?

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    bass_man Reply:

    @beyonce, you should be ashamed of yourself. Sometimes I wonder how beautiful souls like hers are taken and ugly ones like yours are still here. But, it makes perfect sense. God needs the best souls as angels. You can have your Beyoncé stats.

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    bass_man Reply:

    @bass_man, and by the way, Beyoncé, along with other DC members, and Aaliyah were great friends. Beyoncé would be ashamed to have you as a fan.

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    virgi_p Reply:

    @beyonce, and where the fuck is ur career at gyal, we have yet to see whether you can out do Aaliyah, TALKING ALL DAT BULLSHIT. B IS GREAT, Yeah, I’ll give u dat, but lets not forget, AALIYAH, Brandy AND Monica, are the ones who started the R N’B GAME OFF YEAH. FOOL. HALF OF THESE WACK ASS ARTISTS WOULDN’T EVEN ON THE MAP, IF IT WASN’T FOR THEM OPENING UP THE DOORS. Think about that when you wanna diss somebody.

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    shelly-chelle Reply:

    @beyonce, seriously? You didnt have to do that. I understand ur a beyonce stan and so am I, but u dont wish a desceased person happy birthday by dissing them #wheretheydothatat? Beyonce wouldn’t be proud of you b/c you know she doesn’t like drama. You give us beyonce stans a bad name. smh

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  15. *(SHEzADIVaBUTiMtHATbITCh)*

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    Let’s just ignore the ignorance and not compare Artist this is about AALIYAH not about anyone else….GOD doesn’t like anyone that disrepects the Deceased….Especially the young Deceased so we can attack this sad sad soul on Sunday…But Today let’s celebrate the life the was…AALIYAH…….

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  16. Chet

    there’s always one bad apple in the bunch. don’t dignify that person’s response. we love you, aaliyah! happy birthday!

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  17. beyonce

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    It not ignorance it’s the truth

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  18. beyonce

    yall just mad cuz the truth hurts if aaliyah was so great she would have had an impact on music and im a grown ass woman i 25 yrs old i grew up wit her music. and sh wasnt that great…. yall just praise her cause shes dead… if she was alive she be unimportant at cassies level of fame

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    100% Nikehead Reply:

    @beyonce, Is that how u say Happy Birthday. Like wow what kind of world are we living in. just cause your life sucks and ur living hell dont bring it into this post. Thank you and goodbye.

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  19. aaliyahlover

    aaliyah was just getting started. where she would of gone i cant say. But i think she would have drifted more towards acting than singing and been a star actress because there aint that many good female actors(beyonce) and she was great at it probaly would still did music i think more acting.And she was goregous

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  20. monique

    Wow the ignorance ans social retardness from beyonce is amazing you must have a lot of pain and loniliness in ur life and you need some serious help aliyah was a risin talented star that was just perfecting her style her persona and was taken too soon I related soo much to her she’s my age . Rip aliyah you and your talents are greatly missed and BEYONCE whoever the hell you are you need a cold dose of reality

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  21. aaliyahlover

    WE LOVE /-\aliyah

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    copy and paste if u love aaliyah

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  22. aaliyahlover

    @Monique thank you for speakin the truth

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  23. beyonce

    yall just mad cuz the truth hurts she evil and thats why she dead

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  24. will

    It is a fact that Aaliyah would have been the biggest thing to music and acting. She was one of the first female artists that could crossover to acting from singing. Joel silver, one if not the biggest movie producer in Hollywood was gonna line her up for huge films inlcuding the Matrix trilogy and not just regular singers can get rolls like that i will tell you right now. She truely had it all. If she was still here trust she would have the thrown by a mile. There is no comparason to Beyonce and if u wanna take it there we can go there. Since when can Beyonce act? Her acting skills are horrible. But who am i to judge so i will just leave it at that.

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  25. beyonce

    she and micheal jackson were evil she was phuckin r.kelly he was phuckin little boys

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    will Reply:

    @beyonce, and you were a mistake to life.

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  26. aaliyahlover

    why cant everyone dead or alive be great

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  27. beyonce

    @will i was a blessin to this planet

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    AaliyahFan21 Reply:

    @beyonce, Bitch,you are going to get your ass beat one day if you keep saying that stuff about Aaliyah.Karma is a bitch.

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    ... Reply:

    @beyonce, kill yourself.

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    Telly Reply:

    @beyonce, go away! we don’t like you.

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  28. dr

    HAPPY BDAY BABY GIRL MINE IS 2MORROW MUCH LUV

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  29. Luel14

    @beyonce, I’m a beyonce stan and you make me ashamed. Please don’t use bey’s name with your ignorance.

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  30. beyonce

    @Lue114 then u should understand or are not in b’s fan club were u pledge to love beyonce over anyone

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  31. beyonce

    if not u should join there 50,000 of us and we all pledge to love beyonce and cherish her and everytime she relese an album w all buy 5 copies

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    will Reply:

    @beyonce, Get off Beyonces clit. She wouldnt like your hating ass anyway!

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  32. tdkk

    There is some truth in what @beyonce is saying when he or she said ya’ll praising her because she is deceased, only reason i agree with that little piece of what it said is because when Aaliyah was alive she was very underrated people spoke had such negative attitudes about her for no reason she was such a beautiful and sweet young woman and no she wasn’t the greatest but she atleast deserved some praise for being her it’s sad it took her death for people to begin to realize or atleast pretend to see her talent! I feel that society is to negative most of the entertainers they work their butts off doing what they are meant to and doing things that most of you couldn’t even dream of and because of that people get jealous and hate!

    Happy Birthday Aaliyah, R.I.P. I hope she is in heaven enjoying herself you touch so many in so little time

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  33. annonymous

    we miss you aaliyah! i hope you are doing your thang up there. please guide these music artist out now who are messing up the music industry right now. they need your help. rest in peace.

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  34. beyonce

    Thank u @tdkk but im honest i didnt care 4 her when she was alive nor do icare for her since she was dead

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  35. beyonce

    she was original ill give u that no one is like her

    but she aint on queen b’s level of talent

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    Paula Reply:

    @beyonce, Okay we understand , can you just drop it . Just have some respect for the dead at least, I’m not saying to change your views on the situation but you make it seem like she didn’t deserve to live and whatnot

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  36. beyonce

    no what @paula ur right ill stop she was human 2

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  37. AaliyahSTAN

    @Beyonce

    dirty fag, Aaliyah SHITS on Beyonce. Aaliyah had broken records, made history, setted trends. and she didnt NEED destiny’s child to boost her fame up.

    Aaliyah’s sold THRITY TWO MILLION records. with NO re-releases. Beyonce needs to keep re-releasing albums to save her SHITTY music and dwindling sales. Your a dumb Beyonce fag and I DARE you to reply to me.m Im not the average Aaliyah fan boo. Im a stan. Try me.

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  38. will

    Its ok @Beyonce knows shes a mistake to life thats why she is hating on our Babygirl. Ur mother should have aborted your ass real talk ur useless to this earth all u do is hate and talk dumb ish. You are in denial and you need help. Point blank period.

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  39. fi

    I seriously can’t believe how stupid and ignorant some of these comments are…this clip is about Aaliyah and not other singers who are overexposed and overrated anyway
    people get real!
    this is embarrassing!
    and please stop saying “fag this” fag that” all the time…there would be no female artists without the gays and their support.
    Just respect each other…people are dying in Haiti right now…
    this is ridiculous!
    R..I.P AALIYAH

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  40. aaliyah lover

    yall are just as dumb as @beyonce for letting @beyonce get to u

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  41. sambinio

    hahaha She used to read Harry Potter… OMG she was nearly perfect… R.I.P….none of those b…. a.. singers can reach to your level…

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  42. James D.

    To the Beyonce stans, let me keep it 100 here.
    Aaliyah’s last album>>>>Beyonce’s solo discography

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  43. I Don't Wanna...

    RIP Babygirl.
    There will never be another, dont matter how many impostors she has.
    Beyonce stans need to quit too because Aaiyah’s music is timeless. Beyonce’s music is only hot for the moment, then you’re sick of it. Beyonce will never be as amazing as Aaliyah. I don’t care how in denial you pathetic fans are.

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  44. mal

    Even at such a young age, she was SUCH A HUGE LOSS TO THE MUSIC INDUSTRY!
    may she rest in peace!

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  45. mal

    AND PEOPLE IGNORE COMMENTS OF PUREEE IGNORANCE!!!!!!!

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  46. kala

    beonce your a bitch you need to just shut the hell up and atleast aaliyyah was and still is better than you and we love you babygirl rest in peace that beonce bitch is just hatting.

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  47. Val

    r.i.p babygirl s2
    one of my all time favourite singers, a class act, a young life taken much too soon.
    And all u beyonce stans need to get off this post asap, i’m pretty sure beyonce herself would be ashamed to have fans who have the audacity to make such disrespectful comments about others who have passed, especially one as amazing as aaliyah

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  48. G girl the bay mayne yaddamean

    #HappyBdayAaliyah R.I.P.

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  49. Giselle

    She was such a beautiful person, and VERY talented. Rest in Peace, Aaliyah.

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  50. aaliyah lover

    I think even if aalyah was alive everyone including ciara, beyonce riri , ashanti, cassie ,keri hilson and everyone else would still have a chance why cant they all be great. Many people want to be famous but they cant . just getting a song played on a radio station is more than most people see in alife time why cant we be proud of our black women

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  51. HMM

    What a great person she was…I wish she was still here. And I wish it was more people like her, but unfortunately there isn’t. Happy Birthday Li!

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  52. Chris

    I love Aaliyah.

    I’m going to put on the ‘One In A Million’ CD. Hot Like Fire, If Your Girl Only Knew, I Gotcha Back, Never Givin Up. These will all get heavy rotation from me tonight.

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  53. AaliyahNumba1

    Happy 31st Birthday Babygirl…Celebrating Ur Life Ur Music And Ur Legacy Tha Whole Weekend

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  54. Catie

    I can’t believe she would have been 31, so sad.

    Rest in Peach, Aaliyah. I still listen to her music all the time, “4 Page Letter” is one of my favorite songs of all time.

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  55. BEYONCENUMBA1FAN

    HAPPY 31ST BIRTHDAY AALIYAH R.I.P BABYGIRL

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  56. Dima

    Happy Birthday Aaliyah! such a great talent
    RIP

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  57. bass_man

    Gosh, what a talent, but most importantly what a person. Beautiful inside and out. I will love her forever.

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  58. drtash

    SHE WAS SO BEAUTIFUL…INSIDE AND OUT. I mean, watching that interview I’m still mesmerised. Imagine, she would’ve been LEGENDARY by now if she’d never gotten on that plane that killed her. It’s hard to believe she’s gone, now we’ll never know how big she could’ve been. It’s sad to say but I wish there were more artists/people like her….but then again she truly was ONE IN A MILLION. R.I.P. AALIYAH.

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  59. Aaliyah"1 fan 2010

    To the that bitch Aaliyah did not have to put her self out there like Beyonce. Plus Beyonce is a liar if Aaliyah was still here she would be another Halle Berry in films and also successful in the music game. She had a creative producer such as Timbaland to work with just think of the music she would have made if she was till here with us and the collabos with Janet, alicia Keys, Drake, The Dream and others.

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  60. Aaliyah"1 fan 2010

    And I was speaking to Beyonce #1 Fan….. for speaking ill of the deceased, who are you to speak ill of the dead you are jealous because she looks better than your ass get a life.. and RIP Aaliyah. You are truly missed.

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  61. ShaNice Webb

    HAPPY B-DAY! BABYGIRL…STILL CAN’T BELIEVE U ARE GONE..I LOVE U & MISS YOU SO MUCH..I STILL LISTEN TO YOUR MUSIC ALMOST EVERYDAY..I JUST LOVE YOUR VOICE, ITS SO BEAUTIFUL..R.I.P.

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  62. 100% Nikehead

    Its obvious how huge Aaliyah would be now if she was still alive i mean just look how inteligent she was. i dont know any female aritst right now that has that amount of humbleness and personality that Aaliyah had. Aaliyahs music was evolving with each album, her growth was just natural and unforced like a lot of these other artists now. With the best producer in the game (Timbaland) u already know how big she would be. There would not be a beyonce post on every blog so u Beyonce stans should be thankful and stfu, give respect when its due and bow down.

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  63. NYC BOI

    AWW SORRY IM LATE AALYIAH…BUT HAPPY B-LATED BDAY!!…ONE IN A MILLION ONE OF MY FAVE SONGS FROM HER!…I REMEMBER WEN TRY AGAIN CAME OUT..I COULDNT GET ENOUGH IF IT…DON’T LET THE NEGATIVE GET THE BEST OF YA’LL…TALKIN’ SMACK LIKE THAT IS CRAZY!!…& AS MUCH AS I HATE BEYONCE…I WOULD NEVER WISH HER DEAD OR DISRESPECT HER IF GOD FORBID IT HAPPENED…I’M NOT GONNA LIE IM NOT A STAN OF AALYIAH BUT WAS A FAN SO ITS PROBABLY WHY IM CALM…BUT IF I WOULD HAVE HEARD THIS BOUT MY #1 CIARA!! OR #2 GAGA!! I WOULD FOUND THAT BITCH ADDRESS! LOL….

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  64. AdorzAaliyahSince94

    I’ve been an Aaliyah fan since I came home from the hospital from getting an ultrasound: June 29,1994, I found out I was having a girl. I turned on the tv and Back and Forth came on. By the time that video went off, I was certain I’d name my daughter Aaliyah. 15 years + later, I’m still a fan, I still love her and unfortunately, I miss her presence on this earth. I, too, cried like I lost family. I’ll never forget where I was when I found out. Some folks wanna say that “oh, she’s only famous because she died young”, but they don’t have a clue. Aaliyah was and continues to be a role model for young women who believe in education and self respect. Few of yall know that she was gonna be cast as Storm in the X-Men movies, she was literally gonna do it so big, her name would’ve been a household name to everyone, not just her fans. She had 8 movie deals on the table at the tender age of 22. Hollywood was calling, but Heaven beat them to it. HAPPY (belated) BIRTHDAY and Rest In Eternal Peace Aaliyah…Reppin til I take my last breath! *Adorz* LiyahLoveLoyalty(dot)org
    check out http://www.RAD-6.com, her brother Rashad put together a touching tribute.

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  65. FOREVER AALIYAH

    A lot of people didnt know that Aaliyah graduated from high School with a perfect 4.0 average now can u say that about all these other female celebrities? Most of the ones i know didnt even finish high school nor went to college. Aaliyah was smart, its without a doubt she would have been the biggest female artist and actor right now. God knew she was too good for this earth so he cut her life short. Sky was seriously the limit for Aaliyah, she really had the full package, a style and persona that can never be recreated. She had the voice of an angel. R.I.P. Baby Girl

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  66. Jay G

    I’m days late but I am sooooo disgusted at this chick/dude whoever it is on this site disrespecting Aaliyah like that…Even though u are a Beyonce fan obviously..I don’t think she would even acknowledge you for your ignorance and straight rudeness on the subject at hand..This article was definitely for Aaliyah fans such as myself who felt a HUGE lose….Aaliyah needed no choreography unlike your so called queen but I’m not stooping to your level homie….I love you Aaliyah and I know you up there rockin the boat!! Happy Birthday girlie!!

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  67. jeremiah

    i think aaliyah was the best n the game i rember getting ready 4 skool and turning on the tv and saw that she died doing something she loved enternaing people and singin the last video she made happens 2 b my favorite rock the boat she died makin that video on her bday i watched all of her videos to keep her memories alive……..aaliyah u was amazing and still is………r.i.p………aaliyah aka…..babygirl

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  68. aaliyah H. got swagg:)

    wow almost your birthday cant wait i hope they do something on 106 & park or a tribute on tv cause aaliyah inspired everybody i mean everybody around the world. she was more than a women she was an angel on earth :) happly early birthday and god bless you and to ur family i wanna say thanks you i just cant accept the fact that ur gone thats what brings me down alot:( thank you aaliyah aka babygirl happy early birthday:)

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