What Awards Did Aaliyah Win? 'The Princess of R&B' Racked Up Accolades Before & After her Death

392312 22: Singer Aaliyah attends the world premiere of the film 'Planet of the Apes' July 23, 2001 at the Ziefield Theatre in New York City. (Photo by George De Sota/Getty Images)
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In 2001, pop singer Aaliyah Haughton was truly a star on the rise. She was rocking the charts with her self-titled Aaliyah album, a more mature sound from the former teen queen of R&B. The 22-year-old made an impressive feature film acting debut in the Jet Li action flick Romeo Must Die and she just nabbed a starring role in the horror movie Queen of the Damned. But her rise met an untimely end when the Brooklyn native died suddenly in a tragic plane crash in the Bahamas. The memory of Aaliyah lives on in Lifetime's Aaliyah: Princess of R&B TV movie, airing Saturday night, as well as through the 44 awards Aaliyah won both before and after her death.

The R&B crooner got her start incredibly young — at 11 years old, she performed with legend, and her aunt, Gladys Knight. How on earth do you top that? Perhaps with a record deal, which Aaliyah scored at age 12 with Jive Records. Her debut album Age Ain't Nothing But a Number took R&B by storm, selling more than 300 million copies and going double platinum. One in a Million, Aaliyah's second studio album, found even more success for the singer, along with plenty of accolades.

R&B Artist of the Year

This is a crown worn many times by the R&B star and awarded to her by many organizations, so it's no wonder people started calling her the Princess of R&B. The American Music Awards named her its Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist in 2002 and 2003. The Billboard Music Awards bestowed on her the honor of Top Hip-Hop/R&B Artist of the Year, Female, in 2000 and 2003. 

In 2002, the World Music Awards named Aaliyah the World's Best Selling Female R&B Artist Of The Year. Her wide appeal even reached Israel, where she took home the Icon Israeli Musical Artist Award for Best Selling International Female Artist of 2004. 

"Try Again"

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Not only did Romeo Must Die kick-start Aaliyah's too-short acting career, but its soundtrack rocketed her name to the top of the charts. This catchy track became Aaliyah's first No. 1 mainstream pop hit. The tune won Best Movie Song from the MTV Movie Music Awards, Best Song at the MTV Europe Music Awards, and Female R&B/Soul Single from the Soul Train Awards.

The song was also nominated for a Grammy and took home three Pakistan Music Awards. The music video, featuring her movie co-star Li, won Best Female Video and Best Video From Film at the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards.

"Rock the Boat"

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This sensual tune became a big success for the singer after her death. Perhaps it was the connection to her passing — Aaliyah died in the plane crash on the way back from shooting the music video to this song in the Bahamas — or people just lived it, because clearly award shows did. 

"Rock the Boat" won Best R&B Video at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards, Best Video at the Music of Black Origin Awards, Best Song from the MTV Europe Music Awards, and Best Female R&B/Soul Single from the Soul Train Awards.

I can only image what else Aaliyah would've gone on to do if her life hadn't been so tragically cut short.

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