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On this day in 1979, Aaliyah Dana Haughton was born. Known simply as Aaliyah, the so-called “Princess of R&B” would have been 32 years old today. She died along with eight other people in 2001 when the plane she was on crashed in the Bahamas, but not before helping define a sound. Despite her youth, in the years leading up to her tragic death Aaliyah changed the face of R&B, first with R. Kelly, who signed her, and then, more prominently, with producer Timbaland and rapper Missy Elliott, who helped her craft some of the most innovative hits of the decade.

Happy Birthday “Baby Girl!”….Aaliyah, forever our Angel