H ip hop and R&B sweetheart Aaliyah died in a tragic plane crash 16 years ago today on August 25, 2001.
I was an 11-year-old kid when I heard the news, so I’d only just become acquainted with Aaliyah’s music. But I was instantly obsessed—as were most of my childhood friends. It was easy to see the many ways that Aaliyah was one in a million and the shockwaves that her death sent through hip hop proved as much. At 22 years old, she’d already won our hearts, and sixteen years later we have not forgotten what she means to the world.
Here are just some of the many ways celebrities have said ‘I Miss You’ over the years.
Usher dedicates a cover of “It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye” to Aaliyah following her death in 2001:
Janet Jackson, Missy Elliott, Timbaland, Ginuwine, and Aaliyah’s brother, Rashad Haughton, honor Aaliyah at the 2001 MTV VMAs:
DMX, Tweet, Missy, and more get together for an “I Miss You” dedication video:
Jay Z makes this tribute remix of “I Miss You” for his longtime friend:
Beyoncé remembers Aaliyah on the anniversary of her death with this clip:
Diddy and Timbaland talk about what Aaliyah meant to them:
Drake gets a tattoo of Aaliyah’s face on his back (he also tatted her birthdate):
Drake drops this song “Enough Said” featuring Aaliyah vocals:
Tory Lanez samples Aaliyah’s song “I Don’t Wanna” for his Chixtape 4 cut “Aaliyah”:
Nas remembers Aaliyah:
Chris Brown drops “Don’t Think They Know” featuring Aaliyah vocals:
JoJo remembers Aaliyah on her birthday:
Janet Jackson pens this note for Aaliyah:
Missy Elliott shows off Aaliyah-inspired artwork:
Tink releases her version of “One in a million”: