Aaliyah's Family Says It Didn't Know She Was Up For An AMA

Houghtons thank show's producers two weeks after her win.

It's never too late to say thank you.

The family of late R&B singer Aaliyah may have missed last month's American Music Awards, but the family issued a statement on Tuesday (December 2) thanking the producers of the show for naming the singer Favorite Female Artist.

During the ceremony, Aaliyah's award was accepted by Monica, who presented that category (see "50 Cent, Luther Vandross Take Home Multiple AMAs; Many Artists Skip Out"). The singer's family said it would have gladly accepted the honor had it known the singer was nominated. The Houghton family learned of the nomination during the broadcast and this week tried to get across the sentiments that would have been shared on the AMA stage.

"The family is deeply gratified that the public and the AMAs have, year after year, continually recognized Aaliyah's strengths and remarkable talents," the family said via its attorney. "They would like the public, the AMAs and Dick Clark Productions to know of their love and gratitude, and that they would be honored to accept the award on behalf of their beloved Aaliyah."

The statuette is the third AMA given to Aaliyah since she died in August 2001 when her plane crashed as she left the Bahamas (see "Cocaine, Alcohol Found In Pilot Of Aaliyah's Plane").

For complete coverage of the Aaliyah tragedy, check out "The Aaliyah Reports."