She was born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Detroit, Michigan.
At the age of 10, she appeared on the television show Star Search and performed in concert alongside Gladys Knight.
At age 12, Aaliyah signed with Jive Records and her uncle Barry Hankerson's Blackground Records. Kelly, who became her mentor, as well as lead songwriter and producer of her debut album, Age Ain't Nothing but a Number.
The album sold three million copies in the United States and was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
Aaliyah worked with record producers Timbaland and Missy Elliott for her second album, One in a Million, which sold 3 million copies in the United States and over eight million copies worldwide.
In 2000, Aaliyah appeared in her first film, Romeo Must Die.
Her funeral was held August 31, 2001, in Manhattan.At her funeral, she was eulogized by her brother Rashad Haughton.; January 16, 1979 – August 25, 2001) was an American singer, actress, and model.The light aircraft, piloted by Luis Morales III, crashed shortly after takeoff.
In addition to Aaliyah, eight other people were killed in the accident. The investigation following the crash looked into the possibility that the aircraft was overloaded.
Outside of public figures such as herself, Aaliyah claimed to not date very often and in an interview spoke of how little she dated.