Missy Elliott opens up on mourning Aaliyah
August 25th, 2010
01:51 PM ET

Missy Elliott opens up on mourning Aaliyah

Nine years after singer Aaliyah's untimely Aug. 25 death in a plane crash in the Bahamas, Missy Elliott is still mourning the loss of her friend.

"There's not a day that goes by that I don't think of [Aaliyah] or watch a video or play her music," the rapper confessed in a new interview with MTV. "I miss her every day."

Elliott wrote and produced tracks for Aaliyah's 1996 album "One in a Million," and said that working with the R&B singer was a dream.

"She was such a big star, and I was scared she was gonna be some diva," explained Elliott. "But when we walked in the studio, her smile made the whole room glow! She was like 'Heyyyyy!' and gave us big hugs and made us feel like we were her cousins from down South. She was a very sweet spirit! Never seen her angry as long as I've known her, and in this business, that's unheard of!"

While Elliott, 39, isn't sure whether the rumored Aaliyah biopic is a go, she does see her legacy living on.

"I think it's hard for Aaliyah to be duplicated, because she had her own lane. But Ciara is an R&B singer who loves to dance, and Aaliyah was that same kinda artist," she told MTV. "We knew when she dropped a record, we couldn't wait for the video. I think Aaliyah has influenced artists like a Ciara."

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  1. Ozigi okene

    I miss u aliya i no u hv gone but we wil stil meet.

    October 4, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. dee

    I love aaliyah making smile all to the world then making bless to her (rip babygirl)

    May 3, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. DAE

    YALL RIGHT SHE WILL BE MISSED EVERYONE SEEMS TO MISS HA BUT WE ALL DO PERSONALLY MISSY ELIOT LOST SUN10 BIG N LOL :D TO ALL DOSE WHO MISS HA SHES 1 OF A KIND AND ROCK DAH BOAT WAZ MY JAM I USED TO SIT IN FRONT OF THE TV N TRY TO DO THE WHOLE DANCE IT WAZ AMAZING I SAID THAT I WAS GOING TO TELL MY CHILLEN BWT HA BWT SHES GONE N I STILL WILL NAH MY CHILLEN <3S TO ROCK DAH BOAT LIKE MEH N ITS ALL IN DAH HIPS BUT SHE STILL WILL B MISSED N CIARA CANT NEVAH REPLACE HA N I DONT CARE B/C SHE WAS DAH BOMB N TO ALL HA HATAHS GET SUM10 NEW TO HATE ON CUZ SHES A SPECIAL GURL

    February 11, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  4. DeLeo

    Aaliyah is the greatest female RnB singer of the 90's and 00's and I still want to marry her to this day, she is such a beautiful person inside and out. I say "is" because I still dont feel like she's gone away. I play "More Than A Woman" and "Rock The Boat" on my MP3 player still to this day. Her voice is like the sound of diamonds on a lake of gold...

    October 25, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. rita

    i miss u

    October 22, 2010 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  6. Elsie

    Aaliyah was so talented, nobody compares to her in my opinion. The good ones always die young.

    October 20, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  7. T

    Ci-Error should Never be compare to Aaliyah.

    October 19, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Kaillee

    Aaliyah was my favorite singer and dancer since i was 3. I remember my mom buying all her c.ds. i would ask my mom to put it on and i would dance to all the songs. i new every move to all songs. when my mom told me that she died i cried for 3 days...i just kept on asking her why she died, how she died, and why god took her away from me.. i was so sad. (r.i.p Babygirl you will always be in my heart and half of me.)

    October 6, 2010 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  9. Frank

    Aaliyah was a very beautiful and talented singer, dancer and actress. She had her whole life ahead of her and we never saw her reach her full potential. I'm still sad over it all. Same with Left Eye being gone.
    RIP, Aaliyah. God bless you.

    September 28, 2010 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
  10. kim bradley

    aaliyah was & still is a fav of mine. so young beautiful & talented. her legacy will foreva live on. GOD needed & wanted her in heaven which proves she really was & is an angel. rest in peace babygirl gone but neva eva forgotten

    September 28, 2010 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  11. Vee!

    The day that she died, I would have to say that a piece of me died with her. I loved that girl and I had never met her.But I felt like she was family, ya know? I loved listening to most of her music, but I loved watching her videos more and when she started acting, I was right there, front and center cheering my niece on. I love her aunt Gladys Knight in the same way. I grew up listening to that marvelous woman sing and act. So I have no problem whatsoever saying that when Aaliyah died nine years ago, I lost family. She meant that much to me. I don't listen to her music everyday. But there is not a time that goes by that I don't remember her in some form or fashion.

    September 2, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  12. kanisha

    im only 15 and ma mom died aug 19 08 . it was ma first day of school.... jst guadated from 7th headin to 8th....one she see me nxt day a tragic

    August 31, 2010 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Kim

      You hang in there Kanisha....God has a plan for you. Be blessed

      September 2, 2010 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • daniel channels

      hey kanisha im sorry i lost my mom 10 years ago , and my dad when i was 5 just belive in god u will make it bless u and your family.

      September 2, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Your mom is still with you every step of the day. She'll always be there with you. Remember that and God bless.

      September 28, 2010 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
  13. Kitty

    Missy Elliot is the best, whenever she is in Atlanta we see her. She always looks so good when she is here, even better than when she is at other states. Do you think the Atlanta water agrees with her?

    August 30, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Juan

    How the hell would u know BILL !!!! DORK !!!!!!!!

    August 27, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Lissa

    I was pregnant when One in a Million dropped I was thirty and I was told how difficult it would be for me to even get pregnant. I remember listening to that CD and and thinking how blessed I was. I truly became a fan!!! Her death was tragic her music was great and I will never forget her!!!!! RIP w/ luv still "Babygirl"!!!

    August 27, 2010 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  16. Ebony

    Man....I still can't believe she died. There would have been no Beyonce or Rihanna if Aaliyah was still alive!

    August 27, 2010 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  17. Felicia Marshall

    Mom take care of aaliyah, I know yall willbe great friends!

    August 26, 2010 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  18. a fan

    There were so many things I loved about her and the way she did things.
    News of her sudden passing was like a stab in the heart.
    I was surprised how much it still hurts after reading this article.

    August 26, 2010 at 6:00 am | Report abuse |
  19. Yek

    I remember the very day that this happened. I was in Georgia, and the guy I was dating at the time called and told me she was dead.. I didnt believe him because I happened to be watcing the news already. But as soon as I hung up the phone, I saw it scroll across the screen and I was shocked. I turned to MTV and sure enough, it was true. I turned to other channels to verify it as well.. I just couldnt believe it!! She was so awesome.. her music was the bomb.. I've had One in a Million as my ring tone for my husband for a few years now, simply because its one of my favs! She is missed!

    August 26, 2010 at 3:00 am | Report abuse |
  20. Rafa

    R.I.P.
    Loved her in Queen of the Damned!

    August 26, 2010 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
  21. Brenda

    It was a sad day when I heard of her death. She would've been so successful today (she already was) and would have been a huge part of the way music has evolved. Very much missed, but never forgotten. I recently saw Romeo Must Die in memory of her. RIP Aaliyah.

    August 26, 2010 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
  22. Chris

    I was 17 and working at Sam Goody when Aaliyah passed. It was so painful as a fan, working in a music store and hearing her music play over the speakers all day. Fans would pour into the store to buy her CDs and ask to buy all of the displays of her we had in the store. I still miss her. RIP, Babygirl.

    August 25, 2010 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Charles

    Aaliyah there can be no one quite like her from her music to just about everything she did.

    August 25, 2010 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Name*Mo

    There will NEVER be another "Babygirl" Ciera no one can top her vision! Or those Moves!!

    August 25, 2010 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Dizz

    9 years ago, the world lost a very positive role model, and music lost a great musician, film lost an inspiring actor. We lost a great entertainer way too soo. so loved and so missed.

    August 25, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  26. bill

    there is no way she has listened to an aaliyahs music every day.

    August 25, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • mmK

      bill,
      ROTFL! You win 'best comment on this topic' award!

      August 25, 2010 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paula

      Do not underestimate a persons devotion to someone they truly admire and adore especially when that person is taken away tragically and unexpectedly. Michael Jackson has only been gone 1 year and there has not been ONE DAY that has gone by that I have not listened to his music for hours at a time, I do not mean 1 song for the day, I mean several CD's with several songs on them, of course Michael has an abundant of music so that is not difficult to do.

      August 25, 2010 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Felicia Marshall out of Tifton

      That was a mean comment u posted!

      August 26, 2010 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Pat

      It is possible to listen to an artist's music everyday. I listen to my MP3 everyday going to and coming from work and at lunch time.

      August 26, 2010 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Donna

      LMAO!!!! I thought the same thing after I read this... HAHAHAHAAAA

      August 27, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Donna

      @mmk- that was tooo funny... hahahahaaaa

      August 27, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mrs. Adams

      REALLY PEOPLE?!!!!... Why dont you all pay attention to what was actually said!!!... Missy said that she does one of THREE things on a daily basis... 1. think of Aaliyah... 2. watch a Aaliyah video... OR 3. play her music... She did NOT say she listened to her music every day!... GEEZ, dont you all know the meaning of the word, "OR"!...

      September 2, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kaillee king

      i am so sorry bill. but why do u put down missy like that she probably still does..i still listen to her music everyday.i fall asleep to her music it soothes me of what eva happened that day.. As a matter of fact i am listenin to Try again rite now at this moment......u may not still listen to her music but people like missy and myself still love her and will always love her so think about wat u say be 4 u say it ok.

      October 6, 2010 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • mv33

      how do u know? oh please top judging.

      October 18, 2010 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  27. Thea

    That was a huge loss,so sad. I can not believe 9 years has gone by already.Missy Elliot is a gem

    August 25, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Jasmine

    I still cannot believe that Aaliyah is no longer here. But her music will forever live. She was and still is my favorite singer. Aaliyah has inspired me to always keep a smile on my face no matter what.

    August 25, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Molly

      It's hard to believe it's been 9 years. I still remember when I heard it on the news. She was a beautiful, talented young lady & gone way too soon. Her music will live forever & I am glad she's inspired you to always have a smile on your face ;)

      August 25, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Felicia Masrhall

      Death is hard! Ilost my mom this year, and it hurts.

      August 26, 2010 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |

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