The Brooklyn born R&B starlet lived up to the Swahili meaning of her name “most exalted one” when she became a trendsetter, popularizing the futuristic production style of the 1990s with the help of producer Timbaland and friend Missy Elliott. In 1992 she met R&B legend R Kelly who went on to write and produce songs for her as her mentor and who she later married briefly at the age of 15, sparking controversy in the media. During her career she created three successful albums, which all went platinum and two of which went double platinum. She also contributed the soundtracks to box office hit films such as Anastasia, Dr Dolittle and Romeo Must Die; her single for Anastasia was Oscar nominated. Aaliyah explored her acting talents in Romeo Must Die, Queen of the Damned and in two of The Matrix sequels, proving that her talents were multifaceted. As she released her third album in 2001, her transition into maturity was evident in both her appearance and musical talent. Just a month later on August 25, 2001, Aaliyah was tragically killed in a plane crash on her way home from filming a video for her single “Rock the Boat” in the Bahamas, aged at just 22. She was one of nine fatalities; the plane had been loaded over weight capacity and was never authorised to be flown by the pilot who was found to be intoxicated at the time of the crash. Her fourth album was released in 2002 as a compilation of her hits and unreleased songs.