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Aaliyah (January 16, 1979  August 25, 2001) was born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Detroit, Michigan. 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. Hankerson introduced her to R. Kelly, who became her mentor, as well as lead songwriter and producer of her debut album, Age Ain't Nothing but a Number. The album sold three million copies in the United States and was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). After facing allegations of an illegal marriage with R. Kelly, Aaliyah ended her contract with Jive and signed with Atlantic Records. Aaliyah worked with record producers Timbaland and Missy Elliott for her second album, One in a Million; it sold 3 million copies in the United States and over eight million copies worldwide. In 2000, Aaliyah appeared in her first film, Romeo Must Die. She contributed to the film's soundtrack, which spawned the single "Try Again". 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. After completing Romeo Must Die, Aaliyah filmed her role inQueen of the Damned. She released her third and final album, Aaliyah, in July 2001. On August 25, 2001, Aaliyah and eight others were killed in a plane crash in the Bahamas after filming the music video for the single "Rock the Boat". The pilot, Luis Morales III, was unlicensed at the time of the accident and had traces of cocaine and alcohol in his system. (AP Photo)

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FILE - In this Tuesday, June 26, 2007, file photo, Gladys Knight, left, and Patti LaBelle perform during the Gerald Levert Tribute at the 7th annual BET Awards in Los Angeles. Producers of the show that celebrates Duke Ellington’s years at the Cotton Club say that Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight and Natalie Cole will take turns as special guest stars during the summer of 2104. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)

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Last week, Motown: The Musical premiered on Broadway, with musical legends like Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, and Gladys Knight among the stars on the red carpet to get a first look at the story of Berry Gordy, Jr.s Detroit record label. Its sure to be a hitbut you dont need to see actors play the musicians with the Empress of Soul herself coming to Washington this week. Ms. Knight rose to stardom in the 1960s and 1970s with her group Gladys Knight and the Pips, and went on to win seven Grammy awards in her lifetime,

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**FILE** Singer Gladys Knight arrives May 20, 2012, at the 2012 Billboard Awards at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. (John Shearer/Invision/Associated Press)

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Gladys Knight will be the top judge on a new singing competition called "Apollo Live,"on BET's sister network Centric. It will take place at New York's famed Apollo Theater.

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**FILE** Singer Gladys Knight arrives May 20, 2012, at the 2012 Billboard Awards at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. (John Shearer/Invision/Associated Press)