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Aaliyah’s Rise To Fame

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Dec. 5 2019, Updated 9:09 p.m. ET

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Aaliyah’s Rise To Fame

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1. Aaliyah shows her award for Best Female Video From a Film backstage at the MTV Video Music Awards 2000 at Radio City Music Hall on January 1, 2000.

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Aaliyah shows her award for Best Female Video From a Film backstage at the MTV Video Music Awards 2000 at Radio City Music Hall on January 1, 2000.

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2. Aaliyah and Jennifer Love Hewitt attend the 1996 MTV’s Rock n’ Jock Basketball game on September 18, 1996.

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Aaliyah and Jennifer Love Hewitt attend the 1996 MTV's Rock n' Jock Basketball game on September 18, 1996.

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3. Destiny’s Child and Aaliyah backstage at the 2001 MTV Movie Awards on June 2, 2001.

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Destiny's Child and Aaliyah backstage at the 2001 MTV Movie Awards on June 2, 2001.

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4. Aaliyah early in her career on January 1, 1995.

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Aaliyah early in her career on January 1, 1995.

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5. Aaliyah in concert on August 1, 1997.

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Aaliyah in concert on August 1, 1997.

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6. In 2000, Aaliyah appeared in her first major film, Romeo Must Die, opposite Jet Li. She contributed to the film’s soundtrack, which spawned the single “Try Again”.

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In 2000, Aaliyah appeared in her first major film, Romeo Must Die, opposite Jet Li. She contributed to the film's soundtrack, which spawned the single "Try Again".

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7. Aaliyah, Nas and Missy Elliott on Apr 6, 1999. Aaliyah worked with record producers Timbaland and Missy Elliott for her second album, “One in a Million.” The album sold 3.7 million copies in the United States and over eight million copies worldwide.

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Aaliyah, Nas and Missy Elliott on Apr 6, 1999. Aaliyah worked with record producers Timbaland and Missy Elliott for her second album, "One in a Million." The album sold 3.7 million copies in the United States and over eight million copies worldwide.

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8. Aaliyah and Damon Dash at the party at Roseland Ballroom following the world premiere of the 20th Century Fox film ‘Planet of the Apes’ at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City on July 23, 2001. Aaliyah was engaged to co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records Damon Dash at the time of her death and had plans to marry him after the premiere of “The Matrix.”

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Aaliyah and Damon Dash at the party at Roseland Ballroom following the world premiere of the 20th Century Fox film 'Planet of the Apes' at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City on July 23, 2001. Aaliyah was engaged to co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records Damon Dash at the time of her death and had plans to marry him after the premiere of "The Matrix."

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9. A horse-drawn carriage carries R&B singer Aaliyah’s coffin towards St. Ignatius Loyola Church August 31, 2001 during her funeral in New York City. The 22-year-old singer died August 25 in a plane crash in the Bahamas.

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A horse-drawn carriage carries R&B singer Aaliyah's coffin towards St. Ignatius Loyola Church August 31, 2001 during her funeral in New York City. The 22-year-old singer died August 25 in a plane crash in the Bahamas.

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10. Destiny’s Child performs at The 7th Annual Soul Train Lady Of Soul Awards on August 28, 2001, and dedicates the song ‘Emotion’ to Aaliyah after her tragic death in a plan crash.

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Destiny's Child performs at The 7th Annual Soul Train Lady Of Soul Awards on August 28, 2001, and dedicates the song 'Emotion' to Aaliyah after her tragic death in a plan crash.

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11. Aaliyah’s second and final film, “Queen of the Damned,” was released in February 2002.

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Aaliyah's second and final film, "Queen of the Damned," was released in February 2002.

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