Normani Pays Tribute To Her Inspiration On Anniversary Of Death
Normani has paid tribute to her biggest inspiration, the late Aaliyah, on the 20th anniversary of her death.
The singer has penned an essay for British Vogue to pay respects to Aaliyah as it marks 20 years since she died in a plane crash in 2001.
Normani recalls first hearing the Back & Forth singer as a 4-year-old.
“At four years old, I remember being in the car, windows down, listening to the One In A Million album,” she shares.
“My mom put me on; I get all my taste from her…I just connected with Aaliyah deeply at such a young age.”
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She mentions Aaliyah‘s uniqueness and how her “experimentation motivates” her to produce her own music and creativity.
“You could not compare her to anybody else. She was willing to try everything, and didn’t mind being different.”
Because of icons like Aaliyah, Normani adds that she can “dive in knowing that there’s no right or wrong answer, it’s just about being honest and authentic to yourself. That gives me the freedom to be creative.”
“Aaliyah paved the way for women, Black women in particular,” she notes.
“Her music continues to live through me. It continues to live on.”
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