Becoming the Queen of Urban Pop: 15 Biggest Moments of Aaliyah’s Career

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It’s both the birthday and 20th year anniversary of the start of Aaliyah’s legendary career. There were many times Aaliyah, dubbed the “Queen of Urban Pop” ruled the world, solidifying herself as an icon. Check out some of the highlights of her career. Rest in peace, baby girl.

That time “Back and Forth” launched her career and style in 1994 at 15. 


That time her debut album went multi-platinum.

That time she evolved her look and sound in 1996 for her with her One in a Million album.


Those times she collaborated with Missy Elliott and Timbaland.

Y’all remember this hip-hop sleeper hit to the left. Explicit lyrics.


That time “Journey to the Past” was nodded by the Oscars.

That time she asked, “Are You That Somebody?”

That time she made her film debut in Romeo Must Die (2000).

That time “Try Again” topped the charts with just radio airplay.

That time she became a woman with a grown up look with her self-titled third album and its singles “More Than a Woman,” and “Rock the Boat.”



That touching moment her friends, family, and fans paid tribute to her life and memory.


That time her third album went number one posthumously.

That time Queen of Damned debuted  number one at the box office.

Those times she won many posthumous accolades including BET awards, American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards and VMAs.

Those times many artists (Drake, Chris Brown) sampled her work. Check out more here.

Those times Aaliyah influenced the style and artistry of today’s artists. Check out more here.


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