Ten years ago on Aug. 25, Aaliyah Haughton was killed in a plane crash after filming the video for her hit single "Rock the Boat" in the Bahamas. The R&B singer/dancer/actress was only 22 years old. A month prior to her death, Aaliyah had released her self-titled third album, which peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
Though her career was cut short, Aaliyah remains an inspiration and influence. "Her purity of voice was incredible," singer/songwriter Estelle says. "When she was singing, she let it fall out of her." R&B artist Monica adds that Aaliyah's music "was a great reflection of her."
Aaliyah's former boyfriend, veteran music industry executive Damon Dash, believes her career at the time knew no boundaries, that the sky was the limit.
"If she was around right now, I think she would be running things," Dash says. "She was on her way, very intelligent and with a lot of swag. What most people may have considered the peak, I feel she considered just the beginning. Her aspirations were beyond R&B or any particular format. She was like a rock star to me, a triple threat. Ten years later, I can only imagine how much she would have evolvedThis is the charticle?."
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