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; January 16, 1979 – August 25, 2001) was an American singer, actress, and model.She was born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Detroit, Michigan.Throughout her life, she had a good relationship with her brother, which traced back to their childhood as Rashad reflected that growing up with Aaliyah was "amazing".He recalled her running around their home singing and that never being annoying due to her having a "beautiful voice".Aaliyah's family later filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Blackhawk International Airways, which was settled out of court.Aaliyah's music has continued to achieve commercial success with several posthumous releases.As a child, Aaliyah traveled with Knight and worked with an agent in New York to audition for commercials and television programs, including Family Matters; she went on to appear on Star Search at the age of ten.
"You always have to deal with people who are jealous, but there were so few it didn't even matter.
Aaliyah has sold an estimated 24 to 32 million albums worldwide.
She has been credited for helping redefine contemporary R&B, pop and hip hop, earning her the nicknames "Princess of R&B" and "Queen of Urban Pop".
The majority of kids supported me, which was wonderful.
When it comes to dealing with negative people, I just let it in one ear and out the other.
She is listed by Billboard as the tenth most successful female R&B artist of the past 25 years and 27th most successful R&B artist in history.