People say the good ones die young, and the music industry swears that this star was snatched away all too soon. Aaliyah stunned the world in the 90s and early 2000s. Even though she is no longer here, she remains one of the most memorable artists of the 90s.
Here is why Aaliyah still captures the hearts of millions of listeners.
1. She had impeccable style.
In her videos on the red carpet, Aaliyah was dressed to impress. She was a figure of modern flair, and everyone wanted to be her. Not only did she show how important it was to have talent, she showed how important it was to have style too.
Any up-and-coming artist should know the style is a part of “the look” of any brand.
2. She was a symbol of empowerment for her community.
Her song “Don’t Know What To Tell Ya” spells out all that she needs and what she won’t put up with in a relationship. For centuries, women have sung about heartbreaks or desperately falling in love. She was one of the few who cautioned against lowering oneself and one’s standards for a significant other.
Below is her video, her anthem.
3. She was a versatile performer.
People loved her. She was everywhere. Aaliyah was on the radio, on talk shows, and in the movies. It seemed like there was nothing this girl couldn’t do. She pushed the boundaries of her career and never let fear or anyone get in her way. She said in an interview that the energy from her fans always got her through any tough situation.
She gave Rosie O’Donnell some insight into her movies and her live performances.
4. She was unapologetically herself.
When her hit track was released, she was about sixteen years old. She had been performing on television since she was ten years old. Fans enjoyed her childhood success story. As she grew, she remained the sweet girl they had come to know and love. She didn’t change or vary from her true self, even in the moment before her death. That is was fans will always remember.
Here is a short recap of some of her most memorable moments.
5. Her voice was trained and conditioned to perform well.
She had been performing for so long; her voice was trained and conditioned. Yet, her sound was unique to any other artist that was around at the time. She was nominated for five different awards from the three albums she released. Her songs have been sampled on hundreds of songs since their release.
One of her most beloved and sampled songs is “One and a Million.”
Aaliyah is gone but will never be forgotten. She was a treasure to music fans across the globe, and any artists can learn from her. Make your own style and find new opportunities to become unforgettable.
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Tia Burton studies Communications, Spanish, and Creative Writing at the University of Michigan. She enjoys watching movies and travelling and will be spending a semester abroad in Argentina.
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