Aaliyah, who tragically passed away in her early 20s, left an indelible mark on culture, and it’s about to be explored in a new ABC News special.
The enigmatic singer captivated the world with her effortless style and remarkable beauty — now, almost 22 years after her death, she’s finally getting the “superstar” treatment she deserves thanks to the forthcoming Superstar: Aaliyah.
Set to air on Wednesday (June 14) at 10 p.m. ET on ABC News, as well as being available to stream on Hulu the following day, the hour-long special will celebrate Aaliyah’s life and legacy as a pioneer of culture and fashion who helped “redefine” R&B with her blend of old and new sounds. It will also shed light on her marriage to R. Kelly and her longevity.
The episode is expected to feature the “One In A Million” singer’s former boyfriend, Damon Dash, her uncle and manager, Barry Hankerson, and recording engineer/producer Jimmy Douglass, Justine Skye, Sevyn Streeter, and will.i.am, and more.
Iconic ’90s urban wear designer Karl Kani will also participate in the discussion to reflect on what it was like to style the Romeo Must Die star. Previous episodes in the Superstar series have featured Whitney Houston, Kobe Bryant, Richard Pryor, and among others.
Check out the trailer below:
The impact Aaliyah has had on music is undeniable, which is why her fans petitioned earlier this year to have her inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
However, in spite of her not earning the Rock Hall nomination, her fans and friends like Missy Elliott will continue to carry on her legacy.
Back in January, Missy Elliott paid tribute to Aaliyah with a social media post remembering the singer on what would’ve been the late singer’s 44th birthday via Twitter.
In her tweet, the “Gossip Folks” rapper called her friend — who was killed in 2001 in an airplane crash in the Bahamas — a pioneer for being original with her style and music while also calling her a natural are far as acting and fashion goes.
“You will forever be the BLUEPRINT of what it means to STEP OUTSIDE the box MUSICALLY & creating NEW style in FASHION & a NATURAL at acting & being GREAT at them all The World will always feel your IMPACT & LOVE you shared 4ever,” Missy tweeted.