22 Facts About Aaliyah That Will Make You Love Her Even More
It's been 18 years since the world lost Aaliyah at the age of 22 in a plane crash that claimed the lives of all nine people on board. While Aaliyah may be gone, her music, films, and iconic fashion statements have continued to inspire her fans to this day. Aaliyah's talent, beauty, and style were one in a million. Though her time was cut short just as her star was on the rise, these facts about her life and career are just a few of the reasons she will never be forgotten.
- 01/16/1979: Her date of birth.
- 1: The number of tattoos Drake has of her. There's an image of her face on his back.
- 2: The number of MTV Video Music Awards she won in 2000 for "Try Again," beating out Toni Braxton, Britney Spears, Macy Gray, and Christina Aguilera for best female video.
- 2: The number of Harry Potter books she read. She told MTV she was "obsessed" with the series.
- 2: The number of movies she starred in: Romeo Must Die and Queen of the Damned.
- 2: The number of years between Aaliyah and her older brother, Rashad. Aaliyah and Rashad were extremely close, and she even brought him on stage when she accepted her VMA.
- 3: The number of nicknames she received from friends and family: Baby Girl, Li-Li, and La-La.
- 4: The number of known tattoos she had.
- 4.0: Her GPA when she graduated from Detroit High School For the Performing Arts.
- 5: How old she was when her family moved from her birthplace, Brooklyn, to Detroit.
- 5: The number of Grammy nominations she received.
- 10: Her age when she performed "My Funny Valentine" on Star Search.
- 11: Her age when she opened up for her aunt, the legendary Gladys Knight, in Las Vegas.
- 12: Her age when she signed her first record deal with Blackground Music.
- 14: Her age when she released her first album, Age Ain't Nothing but a Number.
- 22: The number of white doves released at her funeral, to symbolize her 22 years of life.
- 70: She performed "Journey to the Past," off the Anastasia soundtrack, at the 70th Annual Academy Awards in 1998.
- 1985: The year her favorite Sade song, "Is It a Crime," was released.