'She could light up any room. I miss that from her,' Missy recalls in an interview, while Drizzy and other musicians take to Twitter to pay tribute to the 'One in a Million' singer.
Ten years after her untimely death, Aaliyah has yet to fade away from music community's memory. On the anniversary of her tragic passing in a Bahamian plane crash, friends and other musicians alike took to Twitter to express their love and admiration to the "One in a Million" singer.
In remembrance of the late R&B star, frequent collaborator Missy Elliott told EW, "It doesn't feel like it's been 10 years because Aaliyah's leaving is still fresh in our minds and always will be." She went on, "What I will miss the most about Aaliyah is her laugh and smile. She could light up any room. I miss that from her."
"I'll also miss recording with her because she wasn't ever scared to push boundaries as an artist," the 40-year-old singer added. "If Aaliyah was still with us she would be setting trends as she always did and breaking down barriers. Her music and acting career would have been exploding out the roof because she was already on her way to that place."
Others took to Twitter to pay homage. Drake wrote, "RIP Baby Girl...in my ear at every show letting me know the next move I should make. Love you," while Solange Knowles posted a series of tweets about her idol. She tweeted in one, "I've grown up to you, idolized you, watched others try to capture what you had to no avail. You are the one & only Aaliyah! Never forgotten."
Keri Hilson recalled, "#RIPAaliyah Man, I just remembered skippin class & goin to a friend's car JUST to hear Aaliyah's new song 'Are u That Somebody' on the radio," Ciara wrote, "AALIYAH...A PRECIOUS SPIRIT...ONE OF A KIND...CAN NEVER BE REPLACED," and Timbaland simply noted, "#ripaaliyah miss you babygirl."
Aaliyah died at the age of 22 in 2001. She was killed along with eight others when their plane crashed shortly after taking off from an island in the Bahamas, where she had been taping a music video for "Rock the Boat". A month prior to her passing, she has just released her third album, the self-titled "Aaliyah", which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard album chart.