January 16 marks the day that one of music’s most influential artists was born. Aaliyah Dana Haughton would later grow up to be an icon across all genres of music, and leave a lasting imprint on the film scene. The singer, born Aaliyah Dana Haughton, died in a 2001 plane crash in the Bahamas, along with the pilot and members of her video crew. She was 22. Singer Aaliyah died in a plane crash in 2001. Media maven Wendy Williams executive produced the lackluster film. Aaliyah Dana Haughton, Brooklyn born and Detroit raised, was a quadruple threat in the entertainment industry: actress, singer, dancer, and model. Williams, 50, stepped in as an executive producer of Lifetime’s so-called accurate portrayal of Aaliyah Dana Haughton, which premiered Nov. 15, but was continuously assailed by casting issues and Aaliyah family buck-back. Born on January 16, 1979 as Aaliyah Dana Haughton, she was destined to leave her mark on the world. Especially with a name that meant " the highest, most exalted one." Aaliyah hit the music scene in 1994 with her debut album, "Age Ain't Nothing But A Number." The name “Aaliyah” is trending hard and heavy on November 17, with the Lifetime biopic about late singer Aaliyah Dana Haughton causing lots of controversy from start to finish. 12 Next page [My Favorite Slow Jam] Aaliyah Dana Haughton was one of the most endearing personalities in R&B and popular music. Today marks what would’ve been the 34th birthday of the legendary Aaliyah Dana Haughton. Although she’s been gone for close to twelve years, her impact is still felt today. The stan in me wishes someone would write an impartial, nuanced script about who Aaliyah Dana Haughton really was behind the bangs and sunglasses. Aaliyah Dana Haughton was born on January 16, 1979 in the heart of Brooklyn, NY and had the making of a diva from an early age being influenced by her mother Diane, who is also a singer.