News: Missy Elliott Remembers Aaliyah 9 Years Later, "If She Was Still With Us, She Would Still Be At The Top"

Wednesday, Aug 25, 2010 10:40AM

Written by Rosario Harper

Missy Elliott has openly reflected on the memory of her friend, the late singer/actress Aaliyah nine years after she was killed in a fatal plane crash.

On the anniversary of her passing, Elliott considered who the singer's closest current comparison is.

"I think it's hard for Aaliyah to be duplicated, because she had her own lane. But Ciara is an R&B singer who loves to dance, and Aaliyah was that same kinda artist. We knew when she dropped a record, we couldn't wait for the video. I think Aaliyah has influenced artists like a Ciara...We've had so many memorable times. My most memorable is when me, her and [Timbaland] wore outfits alike! It was burgundy Pony outfits to the awards. Mind you, Aaliyah was petite so her Pony outfit looked so cute on her, but I kept looking at mine during the awards whispering to her saying, 'I feel like a big-a** pony for real!' And we laughed and laughed! Too many memories to state them all! If she was still with us, she would still be at the top. Because she always stayed pushing herself to be better." (MTV)

Last December, rapper Drake wrote on his Twitter page and spoke on the singer's legacy.

"I miss Aaliyah...," he wrote this week. "I hope you hear the words in my music and smile knowing you inspired them all." (Drake's Twitter)

R&B singer The Dream recently caught heat for re-making Aaliyah's "One In A Million."

The-Dream tries his hardest to mimic Aaliyah's signature vocal styling and fails miserably. For a song that is fairly simple in its melody and delivery, it proves extremely difficult for The-Dream to reproduce, even when he tries to make it his own. His high notes are sharp and his low notes sound as if he is running out of breath. (Neon Limelight)

Aaliyah was one of nine passengers killed in a plane crash returning from the Bahamas to the United States in 2001.

A star in the R&B world before she was even out of her teens, Aaliyah's promising career was tragically cut short by her death in a plane crash at age 22. Even with only three albums under her belt, she'd already earned a place as a talented trendsetter among the R&B elite. Following a successful transition to a more mature image, Aaliyah played a major role in popularizing the stuttering, futuristic production style that consumed hip-hop and urban soul in the late '90s. (All Music)

Listen to Jay-Z & Aaliyah's "Miss You" remix down below:

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