<div><img src="https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/5c3fa11c3b00002f01688faf.jpeg?cache=hfifilq7sl&ops=1910_1000"></div><div><p>Fans of <a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.com/topic/aaliyah">Aaliyah</a>, the ’90s R&B singer who died tragically at the age of 22 in a plane crash more than 17 years ago, flocked to Twitter Wednesday with one collective message: we <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfVA_6WRGbc" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">miss you</a>.</p></div> <div><p>The reason for the outburst of love is due to the date — Jan. 16 would have been her 40<sup>th</sup> birthday.</p></div> <div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">It’s <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Aaliyah?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Aaliyah</a>’s 40th Birthday. Happy Bday <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BabyGirl?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BabyGirl</a>. We still miss you! ❤️ <a href="https://t.co/NeLJScNquC">pic.twitter.com/NeLJScNquC</a></p>— Steven Canals (@StevenCanals) <a href="https://twitter.com/StevenCanals/status/1085569453176238080?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 16, 2019</a></blockquote> </div> <div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">You will always be an inspiration to me and I will always keep your memory alive. Love you <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Babygirl?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Babygirl</a> </p><p>Happy birthday <a href="https://twitter.com/AaliyahHaughton?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AaliyahHaughton</a> <a href="https://t.co/IOMWmhILf5">pic.twitter.com/IOMWmhILf5</a></p>— Zelina Vega (@Zelina_VegaWWE) <a href="https://twitter.com/Zelina_VegaWWE/status/1085488860577050625?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 16, 2019</a></blockquote> </div> <div><blockquote data-dnt="true" data-conversation="none"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">One of the most beautiful and talented women to ever walk this earth. Still listen to her music and still sad she’s no longer here. Happy Birthday <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Aaliyah?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Aaliyah</a></p>— Joshua Henshall (@jhenshallwriter) <a href="https://twitter.com/jhenshallwriter/status/1085590683367411713?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 16, 2019</a></blockquote> </div> <div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">One in a million. Happy Birthday <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Aaliyah?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Aaliyah</a> <a href="https://t.co/Qep9BICUux">pic.twitter.com/Qep9BICUux</a></p>— __/__/__ (@arp____________) <a href="https://twitter.com/arp____________/status/1085613126907777030?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 16, 2019</a></blockquote> </div> <div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">She woulda been 40 years old today!! 🎊🎉🎊🎉🎊🔥🔥 Angel <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Aaliyah?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Aaliyah</a> 🙏🏽 <a href="https://t.co/kYTyAu8une">pic.twitter.com/kYTyAu8une</a></p>— Jan 29th, 28th Cole World (@bement116) <a href="https://twitter.com/bement116/status/1085613202510151683?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 16, 2019</a></blockquote> </div> <div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Happy birthday Aaliyah🌹I miss you so much 💞 <a href="https://t.co/Sv2kfulBx6">pic.twitter.com/Sv2kfulBx6</a></p>— ❀ I Gotcha' Back ❀ (@Aaliyah_Spain) <a href="https://twitter.com/Aaliyah_Spain/status/1085533916289736704?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 16, 2019</a></blockquote> </div> <div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Happy Birthday Aaliyah 💋❤️💕💖 We all will miss you and love you forever 👑 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HappyBirthdayAaliyah?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#HappyBirthdayAaliyah</a> <a href="https://t.co/bulBDVKPnP">pic.twitter.com/bulBDVKPnP</a></p>— ✧ nevaeh ✧ (@nevaehbearxo) <a href="https://twitter.com/nevaehbearxo/status/1085526268404207616?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 16, 2019</a></blockquote> </div> <div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The Legendary and Iconic Aaliyah’s 40th Birthday is today!!! She left so much to be desired, but so much greatness behind. I’ll always love you <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HappyBirthdayAaliyah?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#HappyBirthdayAaliyah</a> 🎈😭👏🏾🥳🅰️ <a href="https://t.co/hpEtOvYCEi">pic.twitter.com/hpEtOvYCEi</a></p>— TonyTheTiger™ 🐅 (@datyger927) <a href="https://twitter.com/datyger927/status/1085522772867117056?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 16, 2019</a></blockquote> </div> <div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">today we celebrate our babygirl aaliyah. truly the most beautiful person inside and out. one in a million. she paved the way for so many people in r&b and was a light in so many of our lives. we love and miss you so much and will keep your legacy alive <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HappyBirthdayAaliyah?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#HappyBirthdayAaliyah</a>🕊️🖤 <a href="https://t.co/EyfWNKPoOw">pic.twitter.com/EyfWNKPoOw</a></p>— NOSTALGICMIA (@wtfmiaaa) <a href="https://twitter.com/wtfmiaaa/status/1085488312624795649?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 16, 2019</a></blockquote> </div> <div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">40 Years Ago Today, Aaliyah Was Born. Happy Birthday 🌹🌹 <a href="https://t.co/qopSgJTuKK">pic.twitter.com/qopSgJTuKK</a></p>— DJ First Class™ (@1DJFirstClass) <a href="https://twitter.com/1DJFirstClass/status/1085440420585357312?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 16, 2019</a></blockquote> </div> <div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Happy 40th birthday <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Aaliyah?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Aaliyah</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BabyGirl?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BabyGirl</a> you will always be More Than A Women. Love you <a href="https://t.co/bDpORtaYbr">pic.twitter.com/bDpORtaYbr</a></p>— TERENCE (@Tmusiclover1) <a href="https://twitter.com/Tmusiclover1/status/1085410298788487172?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 16, 2019</a></blockquote> </div> <div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">happy birthday to the g rnb legend aaliyah ♡ miss u lili. brklyn queen right here, forever will live on. <a href="https://t.co/i3mKBcKfWt">pic.twitter.com/i3mKBcKfWt</a></p>— angie (@19brklyn) <a href="https://twitter.com/19brklyn/status/1085415985350348801?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 16, 2019</a></blockquote> </div> <div><p>Aaliyah’s star was on the rise when the small plane in which she was a passenger crashed right after takeoff in the Bahamas on Aug. 25, 2001. She had released a slew of timeless R&B hits, including “<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAbxS-6XsMY" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">More Than A Woman</a>,” “<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5338B36j0M" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Are You That Somebody</a>,” “<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zi_lhIaZOXI" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Try Again</a>,” “<a href="https://open.spotify.com/album/28mXRHr3AOe9hn5mHiL5Yf" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Back & Forth</a>” and “<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKbWF1jwMhE" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">One in a Million</a>.” In the Bahamas, she has just finished a music video.</p></div> <div><p>After starring opposite Jet Li in 2000’s “<a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0165929/?ref_=nm_knf_t1" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Romeo Must Die</a>,” as well as in “<a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0238546/?ref_=nm_knf_t2" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Queen of the Damned</a>” in 2001, she was slated to play the lead in the 2003 dance film “<a href="https://books.google.com/books?id=VPcDAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA103&hl=en#v=onepage&q=aaliyah&f=false" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Honey</a>” and take the role of Zee in “The Matrix” franchise. The parts eventually went to Jessica Alba and Marvin Gaye’s daughter <a href="http://www.mtv.com/news/1453366/aaliyahs-matrix-role-to-be-given-to-nona-gaye/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Nona Gaye</a>, respectively, after Aaliyah’s death.</p></div> <div><p>She was also known for her collaborations with Missy Elliot and, most notably, R. Kelly, who she secretly married in 1994 at the age of 15. At the time Kelly was 27.</p></div> <div><p>Reps for Kelly have confirmed the union but <a href="https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/r-kelly-aaliyah-marriage-child-age-sexual-allegations-documentary-surviving-a8723861.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">denied that he knew</a> his bride was underage at the time. This denial has come under scrutiny amid the <a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/r-kelly-sexual-abuse_us_5c3dd3a9e4b0922a21d896e5">mounting allegations of abuse against Kelly</a> and footage featured in the controversial 2018 documentary “Surviving R. Kelly.” The film includes footage from 1994 in which Kelly <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BeHQDiSzcI&feature=youtu.be" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">openly admits</a> he knows Aaliyah’s age.</p></div> <div><p>In one scene, Kelly can be heard saying, “Right now I’m producing a very talented lady — a young lady. She’s 14, Aaliyah. She’s real street.”</p></div> <div><p>Their marriage was annulled not long after their wedding.</p></div> <div><p>Aaliyah remains remembered for her songs, undeniable talent and as a woman who was poised for stardom but had her life taken too early.</p></div> <div><p>If her fans are still posting tributes to her so many years after her death, it’s pretty apparent many still think of her as one in a million.  </p></div> <section data-block-class="app-download-interstitial"></section><p><strong><a href="https://blockads.fivefilters.org/">Let's block ads!</a></strong> <a href="https://blockads.fivefilters.org/acceptable.html">(Why?)</a></p>

Fans of Aaliyah, the ’90s R&B singer who died tragically at the age of 22 in a plane crash more than 17 years ago, flocked to Twitter Wednesday with one collective message: we miss you.

The reason for the outburst of love is due to the date — Jan. 16 would have been her 40th birthday.

Aaliyah’s star was on the rise when the small plane in which she was a passenger crashed right after takeoff in the Bahamas on Aug. 25, 2001. She had released a slew of timeless R&B hits, including “More Than A Woman,” “Are You That Somebody,” “Try Again,” “Back & Forth” and “One in a Million.” In the Bahamas, she has just finished a music video.

After starring opposite Jet Li in 2000’s “Romeo Must Die,” as well as in “Queen of the Damned” in 2001, she was slated to play the lead in the 2003 dance film “Honey” and take the role of Zee in “The Matrix” franchise. The parts eventually went to Jessica Alba and Marvin Gaye’s daughter Nona Gaye, respectively, after Aaliyah’s death.

She was also known for her collaborations with Missy Elliot and, most notably, R. Kelly, who she secretly married in 1994 at the age of 15. At the time Kelly was 27.

Reps for Kelly have confirmed the union but denied that he knew his bride was underage at the time. This denial has come under scrutiny amid the mounting allegations of abuse against Kelly and footage featured in the controversial 2018 documentary “Surviving R. Kelly.” The film includes footage from 1994 in which Kelly openly admits he knows Aaliyah’s age.

In one scene, Kelly can be heard saying, “Right now I’m producing a very talented lady — a young lady. She’s 14, Aaliyah. She’s real street.”

Their marriage was annulled not long after their wedding.

Aaliyah remains remembered for her songs, undeniable talent and as a woman who was poised for stardom but had her life taken too early.

If her fans are still posting tributes to her so many years after her death, it’s pretty apparent many still think of her as one in a million.  

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