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Aaliyah Biography

Birth Name:
Aaliyah Dana Haughton
Birth Place:
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Singer, actor

Fast Facts

  • At age 11, performed in Las Vegas with Gladys Knight, who was once married to Aaliyah's uncle and manager Barry Hankerson
  • Appeared on the talent show Star Search in 1990, singing the ballad "My Funny Valentine," but didn't win
  • Auditioned for a role on the sitcom Family Matters
  • Released debut album Age Ain't Nothin' But A Number, which went platinum, in 1994
  • Made feature-film acting debut in 2000's Romeo Must Die
  • Won two Moonman statues at the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards
  • Died in a plane crash in 2001 after shooting a music video in the Bahamas
  • Ranked No
  • 36 in VH1's 2002 series 100 Sexiest Artists
  • In 2002, posthumously received two American Music Awards



    • Michael Haughton -- Father
    • Mintis L. Hicks Hankerson -- Grandmother
    • Diane Haughton -- Mother
    • Barry Hankerson -- Uncle