Around this exact time 20 years ago, the world was introduced to a soft-spoken mysterious 15-year-old songstress by the name Aaliyah. She made sure to mention in her interviews that her name meant “most exalted.” We were hooked. Fans wondered her age – which she kept a secret. Journalists prodded but no one really got the answer to how old the rising star was. She was extremely talented and strikingly beautiful yet donned boy clothes. Her debut album Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number was released in May 1994. The singer enjoyed major success and immediately topped the charts.
In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Detroit native’s debut, we’ve gleaned the internet for 11 of the most nostalgic and adorable pictures of Aaliyah during her ascension to stardom.