If I had to choose 3 artists that defined my adolescence, Aaliyah would definitely be one of them. I loved everything she did. I loved her music, her dancing, and her movie. She was a softer part of R&B that was happening in the 90s, and my friends and I used to idolize her.
Right before I found out about her plane crash, my best friend and I were singing her song "One in a Million" along the Universal City Walk. We had just met a guy who was really cute, which was a rare event, once in a million opportunities. We were being so careless and free, acting a fool while singing and prancing along the City Walk. I came home that night, turned on the TV, and found out that my pop culture idol had died. It was devastating, and I watched Ananda Lewis on MTV report what had happened for the next several hours.
Aaliyah used to do this thing in her music videos, where she would part her hair sideways, hide on her eyes with her side bang, and cover the bang and her eyes with a pair of sunglasses. It looks ridic here, but it's just my homage to a women who was just about to launch into mega star-hood. She's still one of my favorite artists today, and her songs are still some of my favorites, and makes me nod my head to her beats.