Find out everything you need to know, and everything you never knew about Baby Girl, The Princess Of R&B, Aaliyah.
Diane Haughton, mother of R&B star Aaliyah, releases doves in front of the St. Ignatius Loyola Church in New York following the funeral services. Picture: Getty
Aaliyah took her mum's advice to cover her left eye when she changed her hairstyle, the idea was inspired by her favourite film star Veronica Lake. They believed it added to the mystique of Aaliyah's personality. Picture: Getty
Host of the show Ed McMahon said "There's a thing that you see when somebody walks out on the stage, I call it the fire… And that's what I saw with Aaliyah"
Aaliyah's choreographer Fatima missed her grandparents 50th wedding anniversary to be on the video shoot for 'Rock The Boat' in the Bahamas. To make up for it Aaliyah sent them a recorded message where she said; "I'm sorry I had to steal your granddaughter away from you on this special day, but I needed her, and I hope you have more great years together." Little did Fatima know, it would be the last moments she spent with Aaliyah. Picture: Getty
It was on the way back from filming the video for 'Rock The Boat' that Aaliyah's plane crashed and she tragically died. In October 2001, her brother Rashad stated: "It really boggles everyone [that] from day one, every single video she ever shot there's always been myself or my mother or my father there. You ask yourself maybe we could have stopped it. But you can't really answer the question." . Picture: Getty
In an interview with Vibe that took place at a bowling alley just months before she died, Aaliyah said that after the interview she would be going home to read her Harry Potter book. Picture: PA
Aaliyah's uncle, Barry Hankerson was a manager and entertainment lawyer who was married to Gladys Knight. Picture: PA
Aaliyah's good friend Missy Elliott said after Aaliyah passed away: "It's like losing a family member. It's not like Aaliyah the superstar, the celebrity. It's like my little sister. You feel empty, you feel in shock, you feel angry. That's a feeling I can’t even really explain."
"I remember this one time when her and Damon [Dash] were dating and she played a joke on me" her hair stylist Eric Ferrell said. "They were in the other room having what we thought was a heated argument, and it got so bad. Things sounded like they were breaking, and Eric and I were looking at each other like, Should we go in there? Should we call the cops? All of a sudden I see the two of them peek around the corner and burst out laughing" Picture: PA
When she was just 15-years-old rumours spread that Aaliyah had married her mentor R Kelly, who was 27-years-old at the time. Later on documents confirmed what most already knew. They got an annulment and parted ways personally and professionally not long after. Picture: PA
The record label thought the song wouldn't be a success unless it was made more radio friendly. "We grabbed the two-inch reels and all the tapes so nobody could do any unauthorized remixes and we stuck to our guns on that version of the record" said Jomo Hankerson, Aaliyah's cousin and the then manager of Blackground Records. Picture: Getty
Damon Dash, Aaliyah's boyfriend at the time of her death, said after she passed; "As soon as she had time, we were getting married, like after The Matrix sequels". Aaliyah never filmed The Matrix Sequels, nor did she marry Dash. Picture: Getty
The casting directors deemed her too young and gave the part to Lucy Liu instead. Picture: PA
As you can see, Aaliyah lost. Picture: Getty
"I'd leave the studio for a minute and come back and she would have completed the whole song" Missy Elliot, who worked with Aaliyah more than any producer, told Vibe. "She worked really hard that way."
Aaliyah tipped her finger in her familys eyesight when she was stuck with an overzealous production assistant on the set of 'Romeo Must Die' and they couldn't stop laughing. Picture: Getty
"I've always been mysterious" Aaliyah told Vibe. My mother and father always used to ask me. 'What are you thinking, what's going on?' There are times when I don't understand myself."
Missy Elliott and Timbaland, who at the time hadn't produced for anyone of Aaliyah's calibre, presented her with 'One In A Million' prepared to convince her it could be a hit - but as Missy recalls, she didn't need convincing. as "We didn’t have to convince her, she was like, I’m telling you, this is hot. I knew then there was a chemistry. She wasn’t close-minded. She was an artist that got it" Missy told Fader. Picture: Getty
Kidada Jones, Quincy's daughter, recalled joking around with her friend: "Once we pranked my dad [Quincy Jones] and she acted like she was Christina Aguilera. She was asking my dad to do something on her record and she was just singing, and he totally believed it was her." Picture: Getty
The story goes that when Aaliyah lost out on an award for her 'One In A Million' album, Missy Elliot (the producer) was visibly unhappy. But in her own words; "I never seen Aaliyah get mad." Apparently Aaliyah reacted by saying 'It's cool… I'm just happy to be nominated.' "I never seen her go out of character" Missy said. Picture: PA
1) The letter 'A' on the side of her wrist. 2) An Egyptian Ankh in her inner wrist 3) A music symbol on her ankle 4) A dove on her lower back, which she got as a tribute to her grandmother. Picture: PA
Aaliyah's 'More Than A Woman' hit the chart topping spot in January 2002. Picture: PA
Aaliyah was the first artist in Billboard history to achieve this feat. Picture: PA
Aaliyah at The Forum, USA, Picture: Getty
Kidada described the moment the two girls bonded: "You know when the dogs are at the dog park and they run up to each other and their tails wag and they smell each other ? It was just easy. As soon as we met we just started talking and that was it." Picture: Getty
22 year old singer Aaliyah was killed in a plane crash in the Bahamas.