Singer + Dancer + Actress + Model
Born Jan 16, 1979

Aaliyah Dana Haughton, who performed under the mononym Aaliyah, was an American R&B recording artist, actress and model. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, and was raised in Detroit, Michigan. At the age of 10, she appeared on the television show Star Search and performed in concert alongside Gladys Knight. At age 12, Aaliyah signed with Jive Records and her uncle Barry Hankerson's Blackground Records. Hankerson introduced her to R.… Read More

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  • Music Review; Rapping Through Contrasting Moods
    NYTimes - Sep 30, 2010
  • Metro Briefing | New York: Manhattan: No Aaliyah Suit
    NYTimes - Jan 07, 2005
  • Arts, Briefly; Hip Hop Ring Tones
    NYTimes - Jan 04, 2005
  • Record Company Can Sue Over Popular Singer's Death
    NYTimes - May 29, 2004


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Aaliyah.


1979 Birth Aaliyah Dana Haughton was born on January 16, 1979, in Brooklyn, New York, and was the younger child of Diane and Michael Haughton. … Read More


…  Additionally, she released "The Thing I Like" as part of the soundtrack to the 1994 film A Low Down Dirty Shame. … Read More
1995 - 1996 2 More Events
The month prior to One in a Millions release, on May 5, 1997, music publisher Windswept Pacific filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against Aaliyah claiming she had illegally copied Bobby Caldwell's "What You Won't Do for Love" for the single "Age Ain't Nothing but a Number".
1998 19 Years Old Aaliyah performed the song at the 1998 Academy Awards ceremony and became the youngest singer to perform at the event. … Read More


1999 20 Years Old In 1999, Aaliyah landed her first film role in Romeo Must Die, released March 22, 2000. … Read More
In May 2001, Shaquille O'Neal admitted that his remarks where he claimed to have engaged in sexual intercourse with Aaliyah, Cindy Crawford and Venus Williams were false after making the allegations during an appearance on a radio station and apologized to the three. … Read More
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