Aaliyah's Would-Be 35th Birthday, Drake, Missy Elliot Remember Late Singer

Celebrity News Jan. 16, 2014 AT 5:30PM
Drake, Aaliyah and Missy Elliott Drake and Missy Elliott remember Aaliyah on what would be her 35th birthday. Credit: Larry Busacca/WireImage.com; Kevin Mazur/WireImage.com; Cindy Ord/BET/Getty

On August 25, 2001, the music industry lost Aaliyah, who didn't make it past age 22 after a tragic plane crash that claimed the lives of eight other passengers. But on Thursday, Jan. 16 fans and celebs took to Twitter in honor of the beloved "Are You That Somebody?" singer's would-be 35th birthday. 

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Rapper Drake, who sang with the artist posthumously on the song "Enough Said," tweeted, "Happy birthday Aaliyah. Never forget you babe. Love you," along with a drawing of the two singers hugging. 

Aaliyah's longtime friend and collaborator Missy Elliott also took to Twitter to talk about the milestone. 

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"#HappyBirthdayAaliyah we think of u everyday we miss u more than ever! U can never be duplicated. Your a 1 in a Million!," she wrote. 

Beyonce's singer/songwriter sister Solange Knowles tweeted, "Happy 35th our forever baby girl....Our forever magic....#Aaliyah."

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"Leave (Get Out)" singer JoJo tweeted, "Rest in paradise, Babygirl.#AALIYAH #ONEINAMILLION."

At the time of her death, the precocious singer -- who worked closely with influential producer Timbaland -- had won six Billboard Music Awards, three MTV VMAs, and had been nominated for five Grammys. She is estimated to have sold 24 to 32 million albums worldwide.

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