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The year was 1994 when the fresh-faced beauty made her musical presence known to the world, although she had been on Star Search a few years prior, no one could have imagined Aaliyah Dana Haughton was about to take the entire world by storm.
With the release of her first album, “Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number”, Aaliyah exposed millions to her sultry, soulful sound mixed with an old school Hip Hop feel. Aaliyah’s vocal style was unique, original and distinct – one that has not and cannot be duplicated.
Over the course of her career, Aaliyah would continue to skyrocket on the success of her musical talents releasing her second album, “One In A Million”, in 1996 she enlisted the help of Timbaland and Missy Elliot who affectionately called her “Baby Girl”. Aaliyah was known for her meek and humble spirit, graceful demeanor and amazing business sense (not to mention parents, Michael and Diane, who ensured she was making wise decision throughout the course of her career). Which lead to her being approached by the film industry; Aaliyah would have starring roles in “Romeo Must Die” and “Queen of the Damned” – both released in 2000.
Aaliyah’s talents did not go unnoticed by her fans or the recording industry; she would win 6 Billboard Music Awards, 5 MOBO Awards, 4 American Music Awards, 3 MTV Video Awards, 1 BET Award and 1 Soul Train Music Award.
On August 25, 2001, the rising star made her ascension to glory upon returning home after filming (what will be her last music video) for her smash hit “Rock the Boat” from her third and, unfortunately, final self-entitled, “Aaliyah”, album.
So today, Ms. Nix and the In the Mix Staff would like to pay tribute to the beautiful, gracious and multi-talented….
“I want people to remember me as a full on entertainer and a good person.” – Aaliyah