I never really got into the whole nineties R&B scene, but even I vividly remember the day (today, actually) that Aaliyah was killed in a plane crash in the Bahamas after filming a final video for song “Rock the Boat.” The pilot of the plane was found to have traces of cocaine in his system, and wasn’t professionally licensed.
Such a damn shame.
Not only was Aaliyah an undoubtedly talented vocalist and dancer, she had already begun the crossover to movies, and had starred in both Romeo Must Die and Queen of the Damned. She was also set to star in both Honey and two of the Matrix movies. Aaliyah was listed in Billboard as the tenth most successful R&B artists of the last twenty-five years, and the twenty-seventh most successful R&B artist of all time. All I know is that this girl was seriously on the highway to major, major success (like, Mariah Carey or Whitney Houston-like success), and to imagine where she might be today is, well … Really kind of sad.
We remember you, girl.