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Net worth – $10 Million

Profile – Recording Artist, Dancer, Actress and Model


Born Aaliyah Dana Haughton was an American recording artist, dancer, actress, and model. She was one of the richest singers.

Early life and career

Haughton was born on January 16, 1979 in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Detroit, Michigan. She was named after a Swahili word meaning “most exalted one.” Aaliyah done her schooling from Detroit High School for the Fine and Performing Arts. She took her voice lessons since her childhood. Also, she started appearing in various television shows (“Star Search”) and performed in various concerts (alongside Gladys Knight) from her early years. At age 12 she signed a contract with Jive Records and Barry Hankerson’s (her uncle) and soon became popular in the year 1994. Aaliyah’s debut album was “Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number”, which was mentored by R. Kelly, introduced by her uncle. Apart from her mentor he was also lead songwriter and producer of her debut album. Her debut album experienced a tremendous success by selling three million copies in the United States. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified her album as double platinum. She had worked with various renowned personalities like Timbaland and Missy Elliott , record producers, for her second album – One in a Million. Her second album also earned great success selling over eight million copies worldwide. The first single released from her second studio album, “If Your Girl Only Knew” topped theBillboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for two weeks. Aaliyah, her third album was released in July 2001 and reached No. 2 on the Billboard album chart. She had 15 #1 Singles Out of 3 Albums.

She graduated in the year 1997. Soon after her graduation, Aaliyah started her acting career. Haughton did her first major movie role in Romeo Must Die opposite martial artist Jet Li in 2000. It was ranked number two at the box office. She also contributed to the film’s soundtrack, “Try Again”. After Romeo Must Die she appeared in Queen of the Damned. Aaliyah with several posthumous releases she earned the nickname “Princess of R&B.”


Personal life

Aaliyah’s parents, Diane and Michael Haughton are African-American and her elder brother is Rashad Haughton. Aaliyah got her middle name Dana from her grandmother. Her mother Diane was a vocalist but gave her singing to raise her children. At the age of 15 she married to her mentor R.Kelly, at that time he was 27. Soon her marriage was annulled by her parents. After such allegations Haughton ended her contract with Jive and signed with Atlantic Records. Aaliyah was inspired by a number of performers like Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Sade, En Vogue, Nine Inch Nails, Korn, Prince, Naughty by Nature, Johnny Mathis and Janet Jackson.

She had four tattoos all over her body – The letter “A” on the side of her wrist, an Egyptian Unk in her inner wrist, a music symbol on her ankle and a dove ( as a tribute to her grandmother) on her lower back.


Aaliyah and her boyfriend, Roc-A-Fella co-CEO Damon Dash had plans of getting married but their plan could not get success as Aaliyah’s life was tragically cut short by her death in a plane crash in August 2001. She was returning from Bahamas after shooting a music video. The plane crash happened in Marsh Harbour, Abaco Island, Bahamas soon after the plane take off. Crash took place because of the overloading of the plane reportedly. Along with her various persons like pilot Luis Morales III, hair stylist Eric Forman, Anthony Dodd, security guard Scott Gallin, video producer Douglas Kratz, stylist Christopher Maldonado, and Blackground Records employees Keith Wallace and Gina Smith, were all killed . at her funeral 22 doves were released from the steps of the church, one for each year of her life. She decided to promote her album in more than 22 countries by planning concerts for her last album.


Genres – R&B, pop and hip hop


The talented aaliyah got 6 nominations and 1 award in all. Aaliyah got her first nomination- MTV Movie award in the year 1999, category Best Movie Song for Doctor Dolittle (1998). She was nominated for the same in 2001 and 2002 also. In 2001, category best female performance and breakthrough female performance both for Romeo Must Die (2000). In 2002 she got nominated in the Best Villian category for Queen of the Damned (2002). She again got nominated for BET award category Best Actress for Romeo Must Die (2000) and Queen of the Damned (2002) in 2001 and 2002 respectively. In year 2003, Aaliyah finally fetched a Chainsaw award for her, although at 2 place, category Best Actress for Queen of the Damned (2002). For the song, “Try Again”, Aaliyah earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female R&B Vocalist.

She also won 2 posthumous awards for Aaliyah at the American Music Awards of 2002; Favorite Female R&B Artist and Favorite R&B/Soul Album .

Assets owned by her

After her death, the Detroit High school from which she gained her education,  has named the Recital Hall after Aaliyah in honor of her memory (original founder was Dr. Denise Davis-Cotton).




Personal quotes

It is dark in my favorite dream. Someone is following me. I don’t know why. I’m scared. Then suddenly I lift off. Far away. How do I feel? As if I am swimming in the air. Free. Weightless. Nobody can reach me. Nobody can touch me. It’s a wonderful feeling. [Source:- interview with “Die Zeit”,2001.]

I want people to remember me as a full-on entertainer and a good person. [Source:- “MTV Diary: Aaliyah”.]

It’s hard to say what I want my legacy to be when I’m long gone.

[her advice for aspiring artists) Keep working hard and you can get anything that you want. If God gave you the talent, you should go for it. But don’t think it’s going to be easy. It’s hard!

Everything is worth it. The hard work, the times when you’re tired, the times where you’re a bit sad . . . In the end, it’s all worth it because it really makes me happy. There’s nothing better than loving what you do.


Sensual is being in tune with your sensual self.

When I’m long gone, I want to be remembered not just as an actress or singer, but as a full-on entertainer.

[on her inspirations]: Sade. How beautiful is she? I chose her because I idolize her. I’ve always looked up to her. She and I have the same birthday which is January 16th so I feel like she is my soul sister. What I love about Sade is that she stays true to her style no matter what. She can leave us for 8 years and come back and be absolutely mind blowing. And you gotta respect that.

Being female, you’re raised to be a good, sweet girl and not flip out. So I had to give myself permission to be mean and evil. It’s tough. But I’ve always been drawn to the darker side of things.



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