She recalled coming into her own prior to age 15 and grew to love her height.Her mother would tell her to be happy that she was small and compliment her.The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 solely on airplay, making Aaliyah the first artist in Billboard history to achieve this goal."Try Again" earned Aaliyah a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female R&B Vocalist.; January 16, 1979 – August 25, 2001) was an American singer, actress, and model.She was born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Detroit, Michigan.She and her brother became close with their cousin Jomo Hankerson, since growing up, they lived "about five blocks apart".Jomo walked Aaliyah and Rashad to their home from school when their mother was not able to pick them up and recalled the Haughton household being filled with music.
When it comes to dealing with negative people, I just let it in one ear and out the other.Throughout her life, she had a good relationship with her brother, which traced back to their childhood as Rashad reflected that growing up with Aaliyah was "amazing".He recalled her running around their home singing and that never being annoying due to her having a "beautiful voice".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.