Her name means "highest, most exalted one" in Swahili. She is still one of my most favorite singers in the world. I can remember singing every song word for word, doing every dance step and watching every interview she ever did. Not only was she a beautiful woman, her spirit was just as beautiful. Even though she definitely lived up to her name; you could tell that she had a certain "girl next door" persona to herself. She was the type of artist who wasn't cookie-cutter. She didn't try too hard; she was simply being herself. One her best moments for me, was when she played the role of Queen Akasha in the film adaptation of Anne Rice's "Queen Of The Damned".
This was a different side of Aaliyah, I hadn't seen before. I knew she could act because she did well in her debut is when I truly knew she had surpassed being only a singer; she'd become an entertainer and a damn good one at that. Her life was cut way too short; and I'll never forget where I was when I heard the news of her passing. It is definitely my belief that had Aaliyah been here today, those over-rated artist who are out right now wouldn't be at the top at all.
Aaliyah inspires me because she didn't put on a front when it came to her celebrity. She was just being herself; she was beautiful, had a level-head and she was wise and very positive. I never heard her curse, she was never overtly-sexual and she never rocked blonde hair weave (thank-goodness). She was an entertainer and I will always love her.
Aaliyah in her own words: " I stay true to myself and my style, and I am always pushing myself to be aware of that and be original"
I just realized that I didn't add any videos for Aaliyah, my bad! Here are a few of my favorites of her as well as my favorite scene from Queen Of The Damned. Check the dancing; she was truly an entertainer: