Aaliyah’s Lasting Legacy: How The Princess Of R&B Still Influences The Culture

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Today would have been Aaliyah’s 45th Birthday.

Happy Birthday #Aaliyah
We still miss you baby and you will always be in our hearts
: Blackground Records’ pic.twitter.com/xrcDAGPfAh

— CASSIUS (@CassiusLife_) January 16, 2024

The Princess Of R&B was truly ahead of her time and her influence on the culture is without a doubt everlasting. 

The songstress, dancer, actress, and original influencer is still one of the most iconic faces of a culture seemingly obsessed with her style and confidence. It’s almost common to see teenagers of all races wearing t-shirts with her adorned smile.  Her movies are still cult classics among millennials who have vivid memories of dancing to one of her many nostalgic hits.

Happy 45th Birthday to the elite triple-threat, Aaliyah!

A true influencer across every aspect of her career, the careers of many women in music would not be what they are without Aaliyah’s influence.

She remains the OG It Girl.

(: MTV) pic.twitter.com/u96egeg1HM

— Okayplayer (@okayplayer) January 16, 2024

It would be an understatement to say the legacy of late R&B singer/actress Aaliyah has been in a state of duress in recent times.

A year ago, many across social media were outraged over her placement on Rolling Stone‘s now-controversial 200 Best Singers Of All Time list, in addition to her name yet again being linked to a past abuser thanks to Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly.

MORE: Here Is The Story Of The Night Aaliyah Died

Brandy at 193 but Aaliyah at 40!?
Absolutely tf not!! https://t.co/lmiFy8iJK1

— Sixxe. (@Gigi_fkn_l0v3) January 2, 2023

Aaliyah is not better than Ariana

— Dylan | Ariana Apologist (@dylanbehavior) January 1, 2023

she’s # 40 and michael jackson is #86. this list is so unserious https://t.co/NBTTMQbRAP

— jaylawayla (@jayla4president) January 3, 2023

Amongst the newly-revealed information comes shocking allegations from a new victim who claims to have witnessed seeing a sex tape between the late vocalist and the man in question, who himself was sentenced to 30 years behind bars last year for decades of sex crimes committed against young women and men alike. From fault being put on her own mother to the slight blame Aaliyah has gotten for not “speaking up” in time to avoid future victims, the trending conversations involving the undisputed Princess of R&B have been less than regal, to say the least.

However, all that’s been said in recent times about Aaliyah Dana Haughton, or in place of her absence, only further proves why she will forever be on the minds of millions when it comes to her heavenly voice and overall impact on the music industry.

Ebonié Doyle recalls R. Kelly’s relationship with Aaliyah. #SurvivingRKelly
Night One: Tomorrow.
Night Two: January 3rd. pic.twitter.com/tPOWjZOVuF

— Lifetime (@lifetimetv) January 1, 2023

This whole thing could’ve ended with Aaliyah, but it didn’t—which speaks volumes. https://t.co/D5kx7yngsS

— DamDam (@DemericanDream) January 4, 2023

People to this day blame Aaliyah for her relationship with R Kelly even though she was a literal child. She was made to seem older than she was for profit and that helps contribute to this idea that she’s as responsible for the marriage as he is. It’s sick. #SurvivingRKelly

— GNCordova (@GNCordova) January 4, 2023


Vocally, to say Aaliyah can’t sing is to not understand the technical side of musical notation. Of course, octave levels make a huge difference when it comes to hitting notes, and big voices like that of Mariah Carey and fellow late soul queen Whitney Houston will always be the ones that send chills down your spine. However, even the loudest of singers have a hard time mastering their falsetto voice, or being able to transition from going so low in their head register to the high pitch of melismatic bliss; Aaliyah had that on lock to perfection by her teen years, and easily would’ve matured into her voice with age much like ’90s contemporaries Brandy and Monica.

Whitney’s influence over the girls is crazy. The way Aaliyah was able to effortlessly transition into her head voice is very reminiscent of Whitney. She definitely was a student at the Whitney school of vocals https://t.co/mks1jpyhUs

— Aki (@psylockesbf) January 2, 2023

aaliyah serving vocals.pic.twitter.com/86wHBIDpz0

— pop culture (@2000smagazine) January 2, 2023

She was more of a stylistic singer like Sade. She’s no a ballad singer but more of an mood atmospheric singer…smoky sweet vibes that’s cozy whispery and loving. So extras just sweet pure sound. That’s why I bought her music becuz she was a different singer like Sade.

— Regulator X (@Artgrlsg) December 31, 2022

“Aaliyah couldn’t sing” pic.twitter.com/1Rp6Obq4Dz

— AALIYAH LEGION (@AaliyahLegion) January 2, 2023

In terms of those Surviving R. Kelly allegations, a lot of it can be described as just that: allegations! Made strictly based on a 30-year recollection and with zero proof, the claim made by victim Ebonié Doyle, who even boldly self-described herself as a “body double” of Aaliyah for Kelly’s pleasure, feels hard to believe when you later found out she was still around Kelly and even had her own daughters calling him “uncle.”

To add even more insult to injury, Doyle was the lead video vixen in Kelly’s video for his TP.3 Reloaded single “Playa’s Only” released in 2005. The abuse she describes at the hands of R. Kelly allegedly began in 1994.


Of course, the most heartbreaking part of it all is the flack being levied at Aaliyah’s mom, Diane Haughton, that should be reserved fully for Aaliyah’s uncle, Barry Hankerson. Everything said in regards to the neglect of Mrs. Haughton and her husband, the late Michael Haughton who passed away back in 2012, is unwarranted and extremely offensive to a family (including Aaliyah’s surviving brother, Rashad Haughton) who still grieve the premature loss of their youngest offspring. Alluding that Mrs. Haughton herself was having an affair with Kelly disrespects the strong bond Aaliyah worked so hard to present of her family to the world while still alive.

Is it so hard to believe that Aaliyah, at 15 or 16 years old, simply chose her skyrocketing career over participating in a criminal trial that would’ve maybe put Kelly away for a few years tops and completely halted her One In A Million claim to fame altogether.

In short, there’s nothing Aaliyah nor her immediate family — excluding Barry Hankerson! — could’ve done that would’ve stopped R. Kelly from turning into the monster he became decades overtime. His insatiable need to go after underage girls and boys is in no way on Baby Girl or The Haughtons.




In closing, and with the approach of what would-be Aaliyah’s 45th birthday Jan. 16, we implore everyone out there to put a little more respect on Baby Girl’s name. Whether it’s talking on her vocal talent or digging up dirt from three decades ago, be sure to mention that her legacy also includes a promising career in Hollywood, three multiplatinum-selling studio albums, nominations plus accolades received from top awards shows and ultimately a meteoric, multifaceted career that was entering an innovative new phase just before her fateful crash August 25, 2001.

You, and your angelic voice, will forever be missed and mentioned, Aaliyah.

Rest in real peace.

Aaliyah’s VOICE >>> https://t.co/CgVIGQEhtk

— /.aliyah’s Universe (@liyahuniverse) January 2, 2023


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