It’s been 18 years since Princess of R&B Aaliyah was tragically killed in a plane crash, and celebrities who knew and loved the artist are gathering to pay tribute to the icon.
The ‘At Your Best (You Are Love)’ was only 22 years of age when her plane went down in the Bahamas. Today she has been remembered by artists such as Missy Elliott, Kehlani, Ella Mai and more, for her outstanding contributions to the genre of R&B.
“Aaliyah it’s been 18 years now but your STYLE & MUSIC still continues to IMPACT all the generations behind you!” tweeted Elliott, who was a close friend and collaborator of Aaliyah. “May you rest In paradise in PEACE You will NEVER be forgotten so MANY LOVE you Babygirl WE ALL MISS YOU!”
“I always forget how young Aaliyah was. rip to a REAL legend,” Kehlani, 24, wrote.
i always forget how young aaliyah was. rip to a REAL legend.
— Kehlani (@Kehlani) August 25, 2019
Musician Ella Mai tweeted on Sunday, writing, “rest in paradise aaliyah. thank you for all of your inspiration. we miss you 🌹.”
Singer and songwriter Victoria Monét also paid tribute, calling Aaliyah her favorite artist and remembering the day she died.
“18 yrs ago I lost my favorite artist. I had a weird feeling that morning before I knew & I remember where I was when I found out. Worst day,” Monét wrote. “I will forever hold her & her music with me as an influence in all of my goals, my voice, my movement, energy & souI. I love you, Aaliyah.”
18 yrs ago I lost my favorite artist. I had a weird feeling that morning before I knew & I remember where I was when I found out. Worst day
I will forever hold her & her music with me as an influence in all of my goals, my voice, my movement, energy & souI. I love you Aaliyah pic.twitter.com/ozd6o7leZK
— Victoria Monét (@VictoriaMonet) August 25, 2019
Aaliyah, a five-time Grammy nominee, was killed in a plane crash along with seven others on her way home from shooting the music video for ‘Rock the Boat.’
You can watch the video for ‘Rock the Boat’ here
Despite being incredibly young, Aaliyah had achieved immense popularity following the release of her debut album Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number, when she was just 15 years old.
Currently, Aaliyah’s uncle Barry Hankerson has kept a majority of the artist’s music off streaming sites, making it also unavailable to purchase since 2005.