Before Beyonce and before Rihanna, there was Aaliyah. She was a self-proclaimed “street but sweet” global icon who had top-selling albums along with a successful movie career and an adoring fan base. Lifetime’s Original Movie Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B premieres next month and explores Aaliyah’s rise to fame along with her tragic death. We have a sneak peek look for fans – along with a special contest for you all at the bottom of the article!
The two-hour Lifetime movie is based on the bestseller Aaliyah: More Than a Woman by former Time Magazine music editor Christopher John Farley and stars Alexandra Shipp as Aaliyah. Shipp will be most recognized by fans for her role as KT Rush in the Nickelodeon series House of Anubis. She’ll also be appearing in the upcoming Drumline 2: A New Beat, and she is currently filming Universal Pictures’ Straight Outta Compton.
For those of you that haven’t seen the trailer, Shipp seems like the perfect fit for the role. Take a look below…
Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B Official Trailer
It was on August 25, 2001, that Aaliyah’s life tragically ended when a plane carrying her and some of her video crew crashed after takeoff from a Bahamian runway. Even though she was only 22-years-old at the time of her death, she continues to lead a legacy as Billboard’s tenth most famous R&B artist of the past 25 years. Aaliyah also remains one of the recording industry’s most successful artists in history.
Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B, which is executively produced by Howard Braunstein, Debra Martin Chase and Wendy Williams, premieres Saturday, November 15, at 8pm ET/PT on Lifetime! Be sure to join the conversation on Twitter with @lifetimetv (Hashtags: #AaliyahMovie #TalentisEternal) and on Facebook as well!
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Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B Giveaway:
Want to set yourself up for a premiere party on November 15th? We’ve got a $150 Visa gift card to give away to one lucky winner!
We have a comment contest for you all below. All you need to do to enter to win is leave a comment below answering this question:
As an icon and legendary singer, dancer and actress, what are some of your favorite Aaliyah moments from her career?
Please note: The contest is only open to US residents. We’ll contact the winner on 11/7!
Disclaimer: This post has been sponsored by Lifetime.