Aaliyah (1979 - 2001). She was so musically ahead of her time that artists are still trying to catch up (especially her last album). It's crazy how one artist can be so influential outside of their own genre. In addition to her shaping modern R&B, her music inspired artists like The xx, Maroon 5, Adele, The Weeknd and many more. I'll always appreciate her smooth and haunting vocals. Definitley one of my favorite voices.
Aaliyah (born Aaliyah Dana Haughton), recording artist, dancer, actress and model. With album sales around 30 million worldwide, she is credited for helping redefine R+B and hip hop in the 1990s, earning the nickname the "Princess of R+B".
Aaliyah has been credited for helping redefine R and hip hop in the 1990s. She is listed by Billboard as the tenth most successful female R artist of the past 25 years, and 27th most successful R artist overall.