While the general public never personally knew her, the talented star Aaliyah made a lasting impression on those who ever heard her songs, watched her films, or experienced her phenomenal dancing.
Ten years ago, the world lost one of the industry’s best quadruple threats–Aaliyah Dana Haughton was inarguably one in a million. Aaliyah definitely dedicated her life to successfully entertaining the masses with her numerous talents, her warm, friendly demeanor, and her stunning beauty both inside and out. Therefore, today, a huge number of blogs and websites have chosen to pay tribute and their respects to the artist by featuring her unique, highly popular music videos and other accounts of those who knew and loved her first-handedly. Let’s take some time to honor that relentless dedication by watching her brightest and best moments caught on film. To save you the time of going on a wild Google chase, we’ve compiled the best of all the online Aaliyah memorial and tributes out there.
Choosing an ultimate favorite song from such a prolific artist has proven to be a difficult task, time and time again. Well, thanks to The Rap-Up online, they’ve skipped the stress and decided to go with the top ten most essential Aaliyah songs, including the videos. Relive the fun times of trying to get down her complex choreography in your brother’s bandana. Reminisce on the class, beauty and chill manner that this young woman never failed to exude in her performances. The Rap-Up has got you covered from 1994′s “At Your Best” (please stay away from the glass!) to 2001′s “Rock the Boat,” the video that had every woman (and man!) making a mad dash to the stores to cop their all-whites.
Don’t front ladies. You know you tested out at least one of Aaliyah’s style staples. Whether you rocked the side-sweep bangs or the peek-a-boo Tommy Hilfiger boxers under low slung, baggy pants, Aaliyah knew how to balance the tom-boy and the sexy like no other. Danielle Cheesman of Hello Beautiful lists the star’s most memorable style trademarks in this great photo gallery.
Cash & Caviar features Youtuber LewwSpally87′s compilation video, in which all the major R&B and Hip Hop artists share their thoughts on Aailyah and her music. Be forewarned, this video will get you pretty emotional, if only because of the intimate clips of the songstress and the touching things everyone had to say. From Drake to Destiny’s Child and everyone in between, the legends and the newcomers, you’ll definitely want to know who had the biggest crush on her, who was heavily influenced by her melodies, who would often just goof around with her in the studio and more.
Aaliyah made many musical strides with her music and videos, but she also made Oscar and music history. At the 1998 Academy Awards Show, the star, then only 19 years-old, became the youngest artist to perform at the prestigious ceremony (and continues to hold the title.) While Titanic beat out Anastasia in the award category, Aaliyah certainly stole the show, displaying her wide vocal range and her wise-beyond-her-years demeanor.