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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I miss u aliya i no u hv gone but we wil stil meet.
I love aaliyah making smile all to the world then making bless to her (rip babygirl)
YALL RIGHT SHE WILL BE MISSED EVERYONE SEEMS TO MISS HA BUT WE ALL DO PERSONALLY MISSY ELIOT LOST SUN10 BIG N LOL 😀 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
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...
i miss u
Aaliyah was so talented, nobody compares to her in my opinion. The good ones always die young.
she was the one. we have loss a angle???????
Ci-Error should Never be compare to Aaliyah.
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.)
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.
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
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.
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
You hang in there Kanisha....God has a plan for you. Be blessed
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.
Your mom is still with you every step of the day. She'll always be there with you. Remember that and God bless.
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?
How the hell would u know BILL !!!! DORK !!!!!!!!
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"!!!
Man....I still can't believe she died. There would have been no Beyonce or Rihanna if Aaliyah was still alive!
Mom take care of aaliyah, I know yall willbe great friends!
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.
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!
Loved her in Queen of the Damned!
oh yeah..i love her too on that movie [queen of the damned]
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.
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.
Aaliyah there can be no one quite like her from her music to just about everything she did.
There will NEVER be another "Babygirl" Ciera no one can top her vision! Or those Moves!!
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.
there is no way she has listened to an aaliyahs music every day.
ROTFL! You win 'best comment on this topic' award!
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.
That was a mean comment u posted!
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.
LMAO!!!! I thought the same thing after I read this... HAHAHAHAAAA
@mmk- that was tooo funny... hahahahaaaa
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"!...
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.
how do u know? oh please top judging.
That was a huge loss,so sad. I can not believe 9 years has gone by already.Missy Elliot is a gem
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.
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 😉
Death is hard! Ilost my mom this year, and it hurts.