Fifteen years ago today, the music world lost one of its most magnetic stars when a plane carrying Aaliyah and eight others—the pilot and seven members of her inner circle—crashed shortly after taking off in the Bahamas. She was only 22 at the time.
While it’s devastating that Aaliyah left us so soon, it’s remarkable to think of all she contributed while here. Her sophomore album, One in a Million, is a benchmark for any genre, not just R&B, and her collaborations with Timbaland and Missy Elliott set the standard for combining pop music with avant-garde flourishes. Here, nine musicians reflect on what Aaliyah meant to them.