Aaliyah Dana Haughton was an American singer and actress. She has been credited for helping to redefine contemporary R&B, pop and hip hop, earning her the nicknames the "Princess of R&B" and "Queen of Urban Pop". Born in Brooklyn but raised in Detroit, she first gained recognition at the age of 10, when she appeared on the television show Star Search and performed in concert alongside Gladys Knight. At the age of 12, Aaliyah signed with Jive Records and her uncle Barry Hankerson's Blackground Records. Hankerson introduced her to R. Kelly, who became her mentor, as well as lead songwriter and producer of her debut album, Age Ain't Nothing but a Number. The album sold three million copies in the United States and was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. After allegations of an illegal marriage with Kelly, Aaliyah ended her contract with Jive and signed with Atlantic Records.

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R. Kelly Silenced Aaliyah and Her Family With Non-Disclosure Agreement After Marriage Annulment, Docuseries Reveals

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Kim Kardashian Channels Aaliyah In Bikini After Plane Couldn’t Land In Vegas For Birthday

Isaiah Washington Claims Aaliyah Wasn’t R. Kelly’s Victim, Says She Was ‘Mature’

R. Kelly Demands His Marriage To A 15-Year-Old Aaliyah Not Be Talked About In Chicago Trial.

R. Kelly Told His Doctor 15-Year-Old Aaliyah Wanted To Marry Him.

R Kelly's marriage to Aaliyah exposed in sickening plot to hide singers true age

R. Kelly DENIES Using Aaliyah In Bribery Scheme In Last-Ditch Effort To Avoid Life Sentence.

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Usher's Sweet Confession About Wishing He Dated Aaliyah Back In The Day Will Make You Imagine What The Couple Could've Been

Usher's Sweet Confession About Wishing He Dated Aaliyah Back In The Day Will Make You Imagine What The Couple Could've Been

Usher Regrets He ‘Didn’t Get Around’ To Dating Aaliyah Before Her Death

Usher Regrets Not Dating Aaliyah When He Had the Chance: ‘We Just Didn’t Get Around to It’

Usher's Sweet Confession About Aaliyah Will Leave You Saying "OMG"