"The last time I stood on this stage, I was with my sister Aaliyah after she won the award for 'Best
Female Video'. She graciously thanked everyone for supporting and acknowleding the work that was her
love and her dream come true. On behalf of my family, I want to thank her friends and adoring fans that supported
her throughout her career. Those in the music, television, and film industry for the flowers, cards, and immesurable
wishes of condolence that have sustained us. We must also keep in our hearts those who were lost with her.... with
every breath like it's the last, with every blink like it's a freeze frame of a precious moment, with every touch
to record how we were once human, we are destined to be something more. Aaliyah, you have fulfilled that destiny.
And in her own words "from the bottom of my heart, to the depths of my soul, I am truly happy" and we are all truly
happy to be given a gift like you Aaliyah. We love you, I love you... thankyou."
--Rashad Hauhgton (her brother) @ '01 MTV VMA's
"To the world and to the fans Aaliyah was known as Aaliyah, but to us, her extended family, was known as
babygirl. And I think that what we got to learn out of this is to appreciate eachother while we're here
on earth, and to never take for granted that someone will be here tomorrow. And we're going to keep
Aaliyah's legacy alive, and I didn't write anything because I felt like I had to come from the heart. And
I love you Aaliyah, you're forever missed."
--Missy Elliott @ '01 MTV VMA's
"She was like blood, and I lost blood. Me and her together had this chemistry. I kinda lost half
of my creativity to her. It's hard for me to talk to the fans right now. Beyond the music, she
was a brilliant person, the [most special] person I ever met."
"Words can't express what I'm feeling, she was family, I will truly miss her."
"I remember speaking with Aaliyah shortly after her grandmother passed away. We talked about how much she
loved her and how much she missed her grandmother. And as I listened to Aaliyah, I was very touched with her
sincerety, by her strength, and her love. In this time of our loss, I draw in her example of faith, that one
day we will be together again."
--Janet Jackson @ '01 MTV VMA's
"I'd like Aaliyah to be remembered as a role model for young women who were out there trying to
achieve their goals in life, to stay focused, and you don't have to compromise yourself as a woman
to do what you want to do. And to always just follow your dreams, be true to yourself, and be humble
and kind to other people because it reflets and it's a good thing. Aaliyah was a great person."
--Fatima (her choreographer)
"If there's one thing I could say about Aaliyah, it's that she was consistent and never egotistical.
She was a beautiful spirit that is truly missed."
"I think when you travel as much as we do on a day-to-day basis, there's always in the back
of your mind that fear. When something tragic like this happens it just brings it from the back
of your mind to the front for a time. I'm just praying every night for my family's well being
as always. And praying for Aaliyah's family and the families of the people who were on that
"I've been part of the so-called 'jet set' ever since I started in this business when I was
19. I'm always hopping on a plane. When anybody dies in a plane crash, you don't know what to
feel. And next thing you know you're on a plane. It's a sad situation, but it's part of the
business as well."
"It's a real tragedy. I think the world is better because she was around. She is definitely
going to be missed. Somebody so young and so beautiful and so talented who was just about to
show us how she can be a super, super, superduper star. It's time for us to re-examine ourselves
and be able to show each other how much we love and appreciate each other every day so that we
understand that anything can happen and we don't want to miss out on those opportunities. The
way I was brought up to believe that God has a hand in everything and when it's your time, it's
your time -- he decides that as far as I'm concerned. I travel every day. If it's my time, it's
my time. I have to live my life today like tomorrow is a promise and try to be the best person I
"I was very devastated when I heard about Aaliyah. I've never met her, but it touched home. I
think it touched home with a lot of people in the industry; a lot of people everywhere, being
that she was so young and so talented and so beautiful. I think the only thing I can say about
something so tragic is that she will always be a very beautiful girl. That will never change."
"When it comes to airplanes, there's really nothing you can do about it. I was thinking what
would I do if I were in that situation. But there was nothing they could do about it. It was so
abrupt. It's just sad because she's supposed to be here. She's supposed to have her PR person
standing right there introducing Aaliyah to come and talk to you all. It's just sad.''
"When we found out about about Aaliyah's death we were in dance rehearsal and we all just took
the time to pray for traveling mercy and to ask Him to let us enjoy every day of our lives and
be grateful and thankful for every day that we live; and live it like there's no tomorrow. We
realized life is not guaranteed and it just makes us humble.''
--The girls of 3LW
"We just got offstage, someone paged us and we were praying it was a rumor. Then someone else
paged us and we turned on the TV because we figured if it were true it would be on the news. We
eventually saw it and the whole tour bus was all in tears. She was the first person to embrace
Destiny's Child. She was so sweet always, and she was one of the most beautiful people I've ever
known on the inside as well as on the out. She was so sweet and talented and it's just tragic.
It's very sad. Our makeup artist was also on the plane. Every night we pray for her family and
everyone else's family.''
--A teary-eyed Beyonce Knowles of Destiny's Child
"You should never take life for granted. Don't take your job for granted, friends, family,
relationships, do not take them for granted because you never known when you'll lose it. A lot
of the times we assume that we'll see you tomorrow, or talk to you tomorrow, but no. You have
to love yourself and love the people around you and for heaven's sake do not take God's mercy,
from day to day, for granted."
"I was very shocked to hear about Aaliyah's plane crash. And to know that I was blessed today to
be here and to accept the Lena Horne Award, which I know with her talent she would have one day
accepted it. And that's what you're supposed to do, you're supposed to pass it on.''
I know we are all thinking about our friend Aaliyah. All of this happiness I'm getting
tonight is sort of mixed because of something else that's real. Know that we can't take tonight
for granted. Tomorrow is not promised to any of us."
"I had the privilege of meeting Aaliyah. I worked with her at Christmas in Washington. I think
she was 19 years old at that time. But I just want to say to all of us: From the time we make
up in the morning and take our showers, we never know how our day is going to end. This is why
between A and B we've got to make sure we're right here (hand on her heart). It's tragic that
such a powerful young woman with such a great future has exchanged time for eternity. You know
people say, 'My prayers go out,' but they don't pray for the family. I'm literally praying every
day for her family. Because to lose a child is like losing a leg or an arm."
--Gospel legend Shirley Caesar
"It was a shock. 'It just came out of nowhere. And I said, 'How did she
die?' and someone said, 'The plane crash'. There's so many ways to die and it's horrible that
she had to go. The way that she went was the way that none of us want to leave. Aaliyah had a
lot of bright plans for the future and she was on her way.'
--Lisa "Lefteye" Lopes
"As a performer, she was one of the best I have ever seen do what she does."
"She was like my li'l sis, she'd come up and put her arm next to me like, 'Listen, we gonna
make this song together. I don't want you to do just one verse and it's over. We gonna do the
"She grew like crazy from the time I worked with her to the stuff she's doing now. She was
trying to find herself before. But by the third album, she was more of a performer, she became
more of an artist."
"I think it was fly that she took chances on her music. Just the softness of how she sang over
them hard-ass beats, it was something different."
"She does really great, different stuff that's dark. She skirts the goth edge. There's something
cool and mysterious about her. I dug that. Just a dark little girl singing some cool-ass shyt."
--Jonathan Davis of Korn
"Aaliyah and I devised a plan in which she would be the oldest, most powerful creature in the
world, but she would play it like a child, like a kitten playing with a mouse. It could have
been a complete joke and come off in an embarrassing way. We both knew we were taking a huge
risk and that if we pulled it off, it would be much more exciting than if we approached it more
conventionally. She was a young queen."
--Michael Rymer-Director of Queen Of The Damned
"Aaliyah didn't want to do that. She reached down somewhere and found this place where she could
be this incredible actress. She was a fantastic girl."
--Joel Silver-Producer of The Matrix
"There are no words to express the loss of Aaliyah, whose unique talent was just beginning to
blossom." The world will never get to see how her gift could have developed, and that is truly
"I heard of the devastating news and am deeply saddened that she is no longer with us. She was a
wonderful and talented artist who will be missed by everyone whose lives she touched."
"She was the best person I ever knew. ... I never met a person like her in my life. Every day
that we were together, we cherished. Every memory -- every day was a special event, whether it
was going to a store or going to a movie or just sitting in a house. Wherever we were was like
our own little party, in our own little world."
"She was one of those individuals that would light up a room. She always greeted you with a
smile. Her time was coming; [she] was just about to explode."
--P. Diddy on TRL
"Aaliyah was a beautiful person, with an exhilarating spirit and a relentless passion for life
and art. Her memory and her artistic contributions will forever be with us. Our prayers go out
to Aaliyah's family, and to the family and friends of those who lost their loved ones in this
--Creative Artists Agency
"Aaliyah visited our morning show recently for an in-studio interview. Her warm and genuine
spirit lit up the room. She was a talented, gorgeous, articulate, graceful and classy lady. I
was horrified when I heard the news of her untimely death. I'm comforted by knowing that Aaliyah
didn't suffer, and that her spirit is resting with God. My thoughts and prayers go out to her
family and the families of the other passengers who also lost their lives. We will truly miss
Aaliyah, our beautiful fallen angel."
--RUSS PARR, (Russ Parr Morning Show with Olivia Fox)
"I am deeply saddened by the loss of Aaliyah and my fellow music industry colleagues. I just
interviewed Aaliyah in-person two weeks ago on my radio show at 92-Q in Baltimore. She was a
beautiful sista, both inside and out. Aaliyah was an exemplary role model and inspiration for
young people around the world. Aaliyah truly raised the bar by setting a positive, new standard
for women in the music industry. May she rest in eternal peace."
--EGYPT, television/radio personality
"Itís always a tragedy when someone so young and gifted dies unexpectedly, but itís especially
sad when itís someone who meant so much to so many people. Aaliyah inspired a lot of young
people to work hard and be dedicated to what they love. She was smart, worked hard and didnít
give up who she was or what she believed in.
Sheís grown and developed before our eyes, blossoming from a teen superstar who used to hide
herself behind dark glasses into this beautiful woman, a multi-platinum powerhouse. Itís like
we got to witness as she watched her own dreams come true. Who knows what else she wouldíve been
able to contribute to music, film - and just life overall?
My favorite album of hers was 'One In A Million' because it talked about being a strong person,
overcoming relationship problems, finding self-confidence. Thatís an album that helped me get
through a lot of personal conflicts.
She always kept her private life private, which is almost impossible today. In this
celebrity-obsessed, scandal-soaked business, Aaliyah was not willing to give up her personal
life to sell records or movie tickets. She never sold herself out. She stood her ground about
being an artist and a real person at the same time. Even during the R. Kelly situation, Aaliyah
managed to be in control. She maintained her dignity, and she still was able to command a
certain respect and not have her career tainted.
To see so many young people lose their lives is horrible and sad. Itís another sad day for
hip-hop, the urban community and the music world =weíve yet again lost one of our heroes.=
--EMIL WILBEKIN, editor-in-chief, VIBE
"I remember the first time I got to know Aaliyah. Justin and I did a
photo shoot with her for Teen People. She was so stunningly beautiful
that I was nervous to even talk to her. But, she was so down to earth
and so full of humor I felt immediately like I had known her for years.
She was one of the few that made me feel good about this business. She
stood up for what she believed in and did not let anything get to her
and make her jaded. She will be truly missed and will always have a
place in my heart."
--Lance Bass, *NSYNC
"Aaliyah had the most beautiful energy of any artist Iíve ever worked with. She was such a
blessing. I just thank God that I knew her. Her heart was just so - beautiful. She was an
angel. She never complained, never got mad and she always was in great spirits. She loved what
she did, and worked hard at it."
"I took her around to radio during that time -- to WBLS, KISS and all the R&B stations -- and she
was very mature for her age. One of her parents was always with her. I remember meeting her
father the Saturday night she played The Apollo, opening for Blackstreet. They were all so nice.
Then one other time, we had just done Hot 97, and we went to McDonaldís to eat. Who was there
but MC Lyte, and Lyte kept telling her, 'Youíre dope!' Of course, Aaliyah was saying the same to
her. They were so happy to meet each other."
"My favorite song of hers was 'Let Me Know.' I used to run that record all the time. She just
sounds so beautiful, so sweet, and thatís what she was."
--ERIC SKINNER, former promotion exec at Jive Records
"Aaliyah had gone from a household name in the urban world to crossing over successfully through
her music and recent film roles. We were just getting to know her as this funny, engaging
person, a star in the truest sense of the word."
"Also, there aren't that many strong, making-it-happen females for young women to look up to, so
she was fabulous role model. She was dynamic, smart, sexy and respected herself, making it on
more than just her looks alone. Early in her career, in fact, Aaliyah took pains to not be
considered a sex object, hiding under baggy clothes and behind shades. It's only recently that
she's revealed her sexy side, and not because she needed to."
--AMY DUBOIS BARNETT, editor-in-chief, Honey Magazine
"There's a thing that you see when somebody walks out on the stage. I call it the fire. They got
that inner fire, which has nothing to do with the schooling, nothing to do with the teacher,
nothing to do with the parents. There is a desire in that person to please the audience. You see
enough of it to recognize it. And that's what I saw with Aaliyah."
"I think she showed how to overcome early adversity and mistakes that were made by people taking
advantage of her willingness to succeed and be a star."
--ERIC HARRIELD, artist manager
"In hip hop there are so many stupid people who toy with the idea of death, it's a painful
awakening when real life intrudes and removes someone of genuine heart and worth."
--ROBERT MORALES, journalist/editor
Her death won't seem real for a while. It's mind-boggling to imagine someone who was so full of
life, always smiling, being suddenly ... dead. This is definitely the end of something; and not
just the life of one individual. This is a deep moment to ponder."
--STACY GUERASEVA, former editor-in-chief, One World
"As I often wait for the phone to ring to hear, God forbid which rapper has been locked down or
gunned down over petty beefs spawning from egos and money, I never expected this. Life is
beautiful. Itís the shit in it thatís fucked up."
--AMBASSADOR BONZ MALONE, writer/actor
"It was painful expriencing her death. Just knowing her music made her
a part of our lives. She will be greatly missed. She was a great example
to young women. One lesson she taught was whatever life hands you - don't
stop, try again. Our prayers and kind thoughts go out to all the family
members that were on that plane."
Good Morning, My name is Randy and I'm a representative for the R&B Group "PROFYLE" Motown Records. When "Profyle" heard of the accident Saturday evening about 12:30 am, we were in shock. "Hershey", a member of the group stated that he prayed that news wasn't true.
-The next day "Face" also a member of the group "Profyle" called about 7am and confirmed the news was true. "Face" began to cry and as he cried he stated that the group met her and she was the sweetest, most down to earth person he had ever met. He continued to express that although they were new comers to the industry, in passing she would always say kind words.
"Face" stated he would never forget her kind words. He stated, meeting her made him understand why they choose this lifestyle. On be half of "Profyle" and Myself, I would like to express our deepest prayers to Aaliyah's family and to all the families that lost precious lives on that homecoming day. They will stay in our prayers and in our hearts!
God Bless, PROFYLE