Ten years ago today, R&B songstress and actress-on-the-rise Aaliyah Dana Haughton (better known as Aaliyah) was tragically killed in a plane crash leaving a video shoot in the Bahamas. Today marks the 10 year death anniversary of the young beloved R&B superstar, who was gone too soon.
In honor of Aaliyah's 10 year death anniversary, here are 10 things she gave us during her short life:
1. Inspiration to live your dreams. Aaliyah started her career with a stint on the TV show Star Search at the tender age of ten.
2. A movie that made Shakespeare and martial arts cool. Her first feature film Romeo Must Die was loosely based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and co-starred Jet Li, about a couple who fall in love despite their warring families.
3. The confidence to wear whatever we wanted. Though Aaliyah often got dressed up for the red carpet and special events, she preferred the comfortable look, often seen wearing baggy pants and sunglasses. Aaliyah herself decided to forgo the usual prom dress and showed up to her high school prom in pants.
4. Music videos that made you want to REALLY learn the dance: "Are You That Somebody"
5. Songs that really spoke to what you were feeling: "The One I Gave My Heart to"
6. Hope in great Hollywood friendships. Aaliyah and BFF Missy Elliott were like two peas in a pod! Missy and childhood friend and longtime collaborator Timbaland were almost always accompanied by bestie Aaliyah.
7. The gorgeous video for "Rock the Boat," which was her last.
8. The original vampire movie of the 2000s. Her starring role in "Queen of the Damned" proved her to be a legit actress who can hold her own in a vamp movie.
9. A song that makes you feel that when you miss her, she misses you right back. The beginning of the "I Miss You" tribute video features a heartfelt speech by DMX, who calls her "an angel on Earth."
10. A paved way for artists such as Beyonce and Ciara. The two are often compared to the late Aaliyah, due to their similar R&B styles and dance abilities.
What do you miss most about Aaliyah? What is your favorite Aaliyah song of all time?