More than 13 years after her death, fans continued to pay tribute to R&B singer and actress Aaliyah on social media sites Friday by wishing her a happy birthday. The music and film star would have turned 36. She died in 2001 in the Bahamas en route to Miami in an aviation accident at the age of 22. She had been in the island nation to film a music video.
Aaliyah was a multiplatinum-selling artist who earned Grammy nominations for her songs "Are You That Somebody?" and "Try Again." A year before her death, she took on Hollywood, making her acting debut in the Jet Li film "Romeo Must Die." She also played Queen Akasha in the "Queen of the Damned," the horror film based on the Anne Rice vampire novel.
"I think Aaliyah was the next Jennifer Lopez, the next Whitney Houston, the next Madonna, the next Janet Jackson," Emil Wilbekin, editor-in-chief of Vibe magazine, said shortly after her death. "She was a great dancer, she was a great singer, and she had a great attitude. And people liked working with her, and people genuinely liked her."
Last year, her life was memorialized in the Lifetime channel movie "Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B." The flick was widely criticized by her family, friends and fans for its lackluster acting. Aaliyah was portrayed by Nickelodeon actress Alexandra Shipp in the movie's Nov. 15 debut.
Aaliyah, who grew up in Detroit, began her career at the age of 15. Her music stood out compared with other teenage artists because of its mature, sultry sounds. Some of her more popular songs include "If Your Girl Only Knew," "Miss You" and "Rock the Boat."
In honor of what would have been her 36th birthday, below are 10 of her most popular music videos.