Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B
Aaliyah Poster 2015

Involved cast

Alexandra Shipp (lead)




Wendy Williams




15 November, 2014

Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B is a 2014 made for television biographical film that was directed by Bradley Walsh and based on the biography Aaliyah: More than a Woman by Christopher John Farley. The film premiered on the Lifetime Channel on November 15, 2014 and was met with criticism in its early stages of production due to Aaliyah’s family's disapproval of Lifetime's choice to create the film. The film drew 3.2 million viewers upon its premiere making it the second highest rated television movie of 2014, despite overwhelming negative reviews.

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The story of music and video star Aaliyah, whose life ended tragically in a 2001 plane crash in the Bahamas.

Before Beyoncé and before Rihanna, self-proclaimed “street but sweet” Aaliyah was poised to become a global icon with top-selling albums, a hot movie career and an adoring fan base. The film follows the beautiful and talented performer’s inspirational journey, from her debut on “Star Search” at the age of ten to the challenges she faced during her rise to become the Princess of R&B. On August 25, 2001, at the height of her popularity, her life was tragically cut short when a plane carrying the singer and some of her video crew crashed after takeoff from a Bahamian runway. Although just 22-years-old at the time of her death, Aaliyah continues to lead a legacy as Billboard’s tenth most famous R&B artist of the past 25 years and one of the recording industry’s most successful artists in history.

Multi-talented actress and singer/songwriter Alexandra Shipp starred as KT Rush in the Nickelodeon series “House of Anubis.” Additional credits include the upcoming film “Drumline 2: A New Beat,” “ Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel,” “Ray Donovan,” “Victorious,” “Switched at Birth” and “Awkward.” Shipp is currently filming Universal Pictures’ “Straight Outta Compton.” 

Cast Involvement

Alexandra Shipp from House of Anubis took the lead role of Aaliyah Haughton.


To watch the official trailer of this movie, click here.


Alexandra Shipp as Aaliyah Haughton

Clé Bennett as R. Kelly

Elise Neal as Gladys Knight

Lyriq Bent as Barry Hankerson

Christopher Jacot as Ryan Nichols

A.J. Saudin as Rashad Haughton

Anthony Grant as Damon Dash

To find out more about Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B, click here.

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