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At the age of 10, she appeared on the television show Star Search and performed in concert alongside Gladys Knight.At age 12, Aaliyah signed with Jive Records and her uncle Barry Hankerson's Blackground Records. Kelly, who became her mentor, as well as lead songwriter and producer of her debut album, Age Ain't Nothing but a Number.

Aaliyah stated that she thought of her grandmother whenever she fell into depression.

When she was growing up, Aaliyah attended Detroit schools and believed she was well-liked, but got teased for her short stature.

Aaliyah's family later filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Blackhawk International Airways, which was settled out of court.

Aaliyah's music has continued to achieve commercial success with several posthumous releases.

In 2000, Aaliyah appeared in her first film, Romeo Must Die.

She contributed to the film's soundtrack, which spawned the single "Try Again".Other children disliked Aaliyah, but she did not stay focused on them."You always have to deal with people who are jealous, but there were so few it didn't even matter.The majority of kids supported me, which was wonderful.When it comes to dealing with negative people, I just let it in one ear and out the other.She is listed by Billboard as the tenth most successful female R&B artist of the past 25 years and 27th most successful R&B artist in history.