The world still misses and celebrates the singer Aaliyah decades after her death in the year 2021.
Aaliyah Dana Haughton, also known by her nickname, Baby Girl, was born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Detroit, Michigan. Her talent was evident as a 10 year old child, she reached for her dreams of becoming a professional singer and entered the talent show Star Search.
The singer would go on to win numerous awards for her music. In 2000, she was awarded an MTV Video Music Award for Best Video from a Film for the song “Try Again.” That year, she also won an MTV Video Music Award for Best Female Video.
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Social media jumped early on a Saturday morning to help celebrate what would have been the artist’s 42nd birthday.
Would have been nice to see her at 42
— MELISSA 🌊 (@sunday_melissa) January 16, 2021
we miss you, aaliyah. 🕊️ pic.twitter.com/Vt9OlOyrIc
— amorphous (@loneamorphous) January 16, 2021
Aaliyah Dana Haughton, born 42 years ago. (Jan 16th, 79 — Aug 25th, 01)
Happy Birthday, Baby Girl.
We love and miss you. 💗🕊️ pic.twitter.com/AekYVWy23i
— A A L I Y A H (@forbbygrlaali) January 16, 2021
Happy birthday to the beautiful , talented , inspirational Aaliyah 💖🕊pic.twitter.com/nCmSiXkHSc
— 𝓑𝓮𝔂𝓸𝓷𝓬é’𝓼 𝓕𝓻𝓮𝓬𝓴𝓵𝓮𝓼ᴮ🌱 (@_bvrzdalyricist) January 16, 2021
Aaliyah and biggie https://t.co/7haqZqxvxI
— loop (@ChikopelaTaizya) January 16, 2021
— Bruce Trujillo (@surlybruce) January 16, 2021
I will never understand why Aaliyah’s music isn’t on streaming services, her uncle is stubborn.
— Dolapo ✨ (@katedolapo) January 16, 2021
Happy Heavenly Birthday Aaliyah, aka baby girl! We miss you! One In A Million for sure! Tell Naya I said hi up there! ❤🕊💙 pic.twitter.com/s6lVbSustY
— Bree. ミ☆ (@riverasnayaxo) January 16, 2021
On Friday (January 15), the singer’s estate shared an update to her Instagram page stating that they, too, want to make her music available but the powers that be won’t let that happen.
“We must acknowledge that these matters are not within our control and, unfortunately, take time,” reads the post. “Our inability to share Aaliyah’s music and artistry with the world has been as difficult for us as it has been for all of you. Our priority has always been and will continue to be Aaliyah’s music.” They added that her “brand, legacy, and intellectual property” are in their control, so they will “continue to release unique and exciting projects to keep Aaliyah’s legacy and light shining.”
Fans are unsurprisingly disappointed. Read through the full statement below.