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In 2000, Aaliyah made her motion picture acting debut opposite Jet Li in Romeo Must Die, produced by Joel Silver for Warner Bros. Pictures. Aaliyah's standout performance won immediate acclaim and two MTV Movie Award nominations for Best Female Performance and Breakthrough Female Performance. The Romeo Must Die soundtrack, which Aaliyah executive produced and includes a collaboration with her co-star DMX, spent several weeks at No.1 on the Billboard soundtrack chart and yielded her hit single Try Again. The modish video for Try Again won the MTV Video Music Awards for Best Female Video and Best Video from a Film.

Aaliyah's previous contributions to film soundtracks include her song Are You That Somebody from Dr. Doolittle and the Academy Award nominated song Journey To The Past for the motion picture Anastasia. Aaliyah is also credited with songs from the soundtracks of the 1999 drama Music of the Heart and the 2000 comedy Next Friday.

In 1994, Aaliyah's first album, Age Ain't Nothing But A Number, became an instant success powered by the single, Back And Forth, which was a Top 5 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and a No.1 R& B song. Aaliyah's follow up album, One In A Million, earned multi-platinum status and the first single, If Your Girl Only Knew, went double platinum. Aaliyah's eponymous third album, released in 2001, was similarly exalted by her fans and shot to No.1 on the Billboard albums chart.

With tremendous support from fans and critics alike, Aaliyah was awarded the 2001 American Music Awards for Favorite Female Artist: Soul and Rhythm & Blues and Favorite Album: Rhythm & Blues. Aaliyah's amazing voice and charisma have also garnered two Grammy nominations this year for Best Rhythm & Blues Album and Best Vocal Performance. Aailyah's incredible success in her recording career and as an actress has established her in the hearts and minds of her many admirers worldwide.

(Aaliyah died in a plane crash in August 2001.)

Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.

Aaliyah Facts

Birth NameAaliyah Dani Haughton
OccupationMusician, Actress
BirthdayJanuary 16, 1979
BirthplaceBrooklyn, New York, USA
Date of deathAugust 25, 2001 (age 22)
Height5' 7½" (1m71)  How tall is Aaliyah compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B
R&B's Lost Souls: Aaliyah & Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes
Queen of the Damned
Romeo Must Die
Aaliyah & Alicia
April Fools
The Silent Fall
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