Today would have been R&B singer Aaliyah's 34th birthday. Fuse honors and celebrates the adored singer by revisiting the many accomplishments of the Detroit-bred crooner during her short life. Here, Aaliyah appears alongside Jet Li in her 2000 film debut, 'Romeo Must Die.'
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Aaliyah and Missy Elliott
At the 1998 Soul Train Awards, Aaliyah appears next to long-time friend and collaborator, Missy Elliott. The "4 Page Letter" singer was among the most nominated artists that night.
2000 MTV VMAs
Aaliyah got down at a 2000 VMAs after-party, somehow still looking remarkably current.
Aaliyah and *NSYNC
Baby Girl and three-fifths of *NSYNC strike a pose at the 2001 MTV Movie Awards.
Life Jacket Chic
Aaliyah brought along a life jacket for her performance of "One In A Million" on the Nickelodeon kids' show "All That" in 1995.
Aaliyah and A.J. McLean
Aaliyah lent a helping hand (with a Backstreet Boy!) at Nickelodeon's The Big Help in 1997.
Aaliyah in Concert
Aaliyah was determined to rule the stage ever since she landed the part of "Annie" in a stage performance of the play in first grade. Safe to say mission accomplished.
A Film Star is Born
The singer was just making her transition into films during the premiere of "Mercury Rising" in 1998. Red carpet walks would become a regular thing for Aaliyah.
The Voice of an Angel
Aaliyah shared her pipes for TNT's A Gift of Song event in New York in 1997.
Hot Like Fire
Aaliyah performed hits from 1996's "One In A Million" at 1997's Summer Jam. And by "performed" we mean "actually sang live."
Baby Girl's famous baggy pants and sunglasses might not have been the norm, but they definitely got her noticed: she was featured in a Tommy Hilfiger ad in the late '90s.
Mother Knows Best
Aaliyah often covered her left eye with her hair and at the suggestion of her mother, who wanted Aaliyah to look like '50s pin-up model and actress Veronica Lake.
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Aaliyah and Damon Dash
Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder Damon Dash was engaged to Aaliyah at the time of her death in 2001. Dash told "Billboard," "She was one of the best people I ever met. Even with the pain I felt, I would do it all over again."
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Climbing to the Top
After Aaliyah's "One In A Million" was certified double platinum, her career took off. In the following three years, she became the spokeswoman for Tommy Hilfiger and earned a Grammy nomination for her 'Dr. Doolittle' soundtrack contribution, "Are You That Somebody?"
Age Ain't Nothing But A Number
At the 1998 Academy Awards, Aaliyah performed Oscar-nominated song "Journey to the Past," making her the youngest singer to ever perform at the Oscars. She was 19 years old.
Aaliyah was all smiles at a Virgin Megastore appearance in London in 1995.
A Do-Gooder at Heart
Aaliyah helped spread AIDS awareness (with the help of flashing her abs) at Lifebeat's Urban Aid in 1995.
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Following her 2001 death, Aaliyah's posthumous compilation album, "I Care 4 U," released in 2002, sold over six million copies. As of 2012, Drake is rumored to be working on a second posthumous Aaliyah album, recently releasing a track featuring both vocalists, "Enough Said."