A star in the R&B world before she was even out of her teens, Aaliyah's promising career was tragically cut short by her death in a plane crash at age 22. Her work with Timbaland, especially, was some of the most forward-looking R&B of its time, even while the competing neo-soul movement was gaining prominence...Despite her small body of work, Aaliyah has inspired a legion of artists that includes Ciara, Rihanna, Drake, and Jhené Aiko.
Steve Huey for Allmusic.com
Aaliyah's uncle, Barry Hankerson, was a manager and entertainment lawyer who was married to Gladys Knight for a time. At the age of 12, she spent five nights in Las Vegas performing as part of Gladys Knight's show.
A velvet-voiced tenor and romantic music icon.
The most popular solo music artist of all time.
The 5 octave diva of highly polished soaring R&B/pop hits.
Known for her dynamic live performances and music videos.
Two turntables and a microphone.
Birthed from the underground clubs of Chicago and New York.
Electronic dance music born in Detroit.
Soul music makes a return.