Missy Elliott Remembers Aaliyah on the Late Singer's 39th Birthday

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Aaliyah and Missy Elliott during The 12th Annual Soul Train Music Awards at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

In honor of what would have been Aaliyah’s 39th birthday, longtime friend, collaborator and fellow hip-hop legend Missy Elliott posted a tribute on her Instagram for the late singer.

Aaliyah, who tragically died in a plane crash at the age of 22 in 2001, is long-remembered as one of the greatest what-could-have-been stories in hip-hop and R&B culture. Missy’s message includes nods to "baby girl" Aaliyah’s lasting influences on music, style, and dance.

“Aaliyah so many people LOVE your Style & Music TIL this day!" Missy wrote. "I wish they all got a chance to meet you to see how CARING you were to EVERYONE you met!”


Missy and producer Timbaland  first worked with Aaliyah on her 1996 album One In A Million. In subsequent interviews, Missy admitted she was afraid the rising singer would be arrogant coming off of the success of Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number, the 1994 debut album from Aaliyah, who was just 15 years old at the time of its release. Instead, Missy says she remembers the young star for how "caring she was for everyone she met."


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