Aaliyah was professionally in peak position when she hit the VMAs at New York’s Radio City Music Hall back in 2000. The pop&B star had not only made the leap into film with a role in “Romeo Must Die,” but her contribution to the action flick’s soundtrack was just as successful. The 21-year-old’s Timbaland-produced “Try Again,” took home two Moonmen that year, for Best Female Video and Best Video for a Film. But a fatal plane crash would make September 7, 2000, her last MTV Video Music Awards.
On Sunday night, the 2014 VMAs rolled out at The Forum in Inglewood, California, and while the girls seemed to own the night — from Vanguard Award winner Beyonce to power vocalist Ariana Grande — we couldn’t help but miss a certain “babygirl.”
The subject of an upcoming Lifetime biopic, Aaliyah died 13 years ago today (August 25). But more than a dozen years later, she’s still not forgotten. The hashtag #RIPAaliyah trended Stateside; here are just a few of the fans paying homage with fave lyrics, “flawless” pics and moving notes.
#RipAaliyah gone but never ever forgotten love you babygirl
— ☮ƒӀօաҽɾ ϲհíӀժ❁ (@MiaSymone518) August 25, 2014
— Yas ♡ (@Pinkknoemi) August 25, 2014
— KING KIZZ (@kizzykuzz) August 25, 2014
Babygirl, It's been too long and I'm lost without you. What am I gonna do?#RipAaliyah
— Kathryn Jones (@CitysMyKatwalk) August 25, 2014
— Pimp Jigga (@pattysosweet) August 25, 2014
— ITS MY BIRTHDAY (@Dimetimee_) August 25, 2014