Aaliyah attends - MTV Video Music Awards - September 7, 2000
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We’re honoring the beautiful and talented star Aaliyah, who would have turned 37 today. While her life was tragically cut short in a plane crash at age 22, she managed to fit a long and successful career into her young years. Blackground Records signed the star at just 12 years old, and she released her debut album, Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number, two years later.

She went on to produce two more albums, One in a Million in 1996 and the posthumously released Aaliyah in 2001, which debuted at number two on the Billboard 200. The singer also had a started a film career, acting in the thriller Romeo Must Die and Queen of the Damned, which premiered after her death. She was scheduled to film for the sequels of The Matrix.

Aaliyah’s memory still lives on: A tribute fragrance was made by Xyrena in her honor last year, and fans are petitioning for MAC to release an Aaliyah collection after the announcement that a Selena-inspired makeup collection is coming in 2016. Happy birthday to this star, who truly was one in a million.