Beyonce who? Aaliyah might be the most influential R&B artist of our generation.
Although she passed away fourteen years ago at the all-too-young age of 22, Aaliyah still fervently burns like an R&B sun, atop the solar system of artists that she fuels and influences posthumously. Despite her age, her career lasted nearly a decade. Her sex appeal, style, and squad of collaborators, who are also mega-stars in their own right created the perfect storm to set pop music on a course that is still traveled by some of music’s best and brightest to this day.
With the anniversary of her passing just yesterday, we celebrate her life and legacy by looking at five major artists who were influenced by Aaliyah.