Aaliyah Dana Haughton (January 16, 1979 – August 25, 2001), better known as Aaliyah (pronounced /əˈliːə/), was a Grammy-nominated American singer, dancer, actress, model, teen idol. Introduced to audiences by R&B singer R. Kelly, Aaliyah became famous during the mid-1990s with several hit records from the songwriting/production team of Missy Elliott and Timbaland. She found success with her first album "Age Ain't Nothin But A Number", while introducing a "street but sweet" look which would become her trademark throughout her career.
In addition to her commercial success, her collaborations with Timbaland helped shape the sound of R&B in the latter half of the 1990s. She also modeled for Tommy Hilfiger and starred in two motion pictures, Romeo Must Die, and Queen of the Damned, before being killed in a plane crash in the Bahamas on August 25, 2001. Since then, Aaliyah has received much commercial success with hit singles like Miss You, and I Care 4 U.