Hello everyone! Welcome back to another blog post edition of From A Unique Perspective and today I’m going to discuss a topic that has been floating around on the internet for YEARS and that’s the Aaliyah and Beyonce comparisons. Aaliyah has been on my mind quite often over the last couple months because I realize that she’s been gone for a long time now. I can’t believe this year will make fifteen years since she passed! I remember when my parents told me and my step sister the next morning after she passed and we were in disbelief. We both wanted it to be a horrible rumor, until we turned to MTV and saw it flash across the screen. We were shocked and speechless. I believe I was still in denial. For one thing, I had just saw her on 106 & Park just three days before!
Well, Aaliyah’s legacy is still going strong years later and I feel that outside of Tupac and Michael Jackson, Aaliyah is the most talked about deceased Black star. It’s like she blew up to superstardom when she passed, like most stars do. Aaliyah has been compared to a lot of young, stars of color like Brandy, Ashanti, Monica, Mya, Ciara, and more. However, ANYTIME I go on a blog or a youtube video relating to Aaliyah, it’s amazing how Beyonce’s name ALWAYS comes up. I always see comments like “if Aaliyah was still alive today, Beyonce would be a nobody. She’d be bigger than Beyonce!” OK. LOL. Guys, these kind of comments get on my NERVES! I mean I see them all over social media. Even popular entertainment websites have discussed this topic and the comment section always gets crazy because the Beyonce stans and the Aaliyah stans go so hard.
My question is, why? Why does the public always put Aaliyah and Beyonce against each other? Aaliyah has been gone for almost fifteen years and Beyonce is like one of the biggest stars around now. Then you have these weirdos talking about this Illuminati mess and they never have any real proof when they make these kinds of comments such as “Aaliyah was a blood sacrifice for Beyonce and Jay Z.” What the fleak??? LOL. I’ve seen and heard it all guys. Now people have every right to believe what they want to believe. It’s just amazing to me how worshipped Beyonce is in the industry and in the world because at one time back in the day so many people hated Beyonce. They always blamed her for the group changes in Destiny’s Child. Now she’s worshipped like Jesus Christ.
Aaliyah was pretty popular throughout her career, but as soon as she passed she became a perfect angel that was so untouched in everyone’s eyes. Everyone in music wanted to talk about how she influenced their careers. Everyone wanted to listen to her third album, Aaliyah. Aaliyah passed and shot to J.Lo and Janet Jackson stardom. Thinking back, although people loved Aaliyah, I don’t remember her being so glorified when she was living. She was definitely on her way to superstardom, no doubt about that.
When people compare Aaliyah and Beyonce all the time they forget that both women were good friends. I have the Aaliyah book by Christopher John Farley that came out in 2001. I remember reading that book and I remember all the kind things Beyonce said about Aaliyah. She spoke about Aaliyah as if Aaliyah was a really good friend of hers. I did some research online and looked up old comments from stars who spoke about how Aaliyah influenced their lives. Beyonce, Kelly, and Michelle had SO MUCH to say about Aaliyah. Michelle didn’t get the opportunity to meet her, but Beyonce and Kelly had very fond memories of Aaliyah.
Over on this old Angelfire website, you can find lots of comments from artists in the industry who were very devastated after Aaliyah passed and reading Beyonce’s long comment you can tell she was. When I did my research, it was said that Beyonce was crying all night when she found out Aaliyah had passed, as well as Kelly and Michelle. Don’t forget the very endearing tribute that Destiny’s Child did to Aaliyah at the 2001 Lady of Soul Awards. I missed that awards show I believe, but I remember hearing that the entire awards show was dedicated to Aaliyah. What I’m trying to say guys is that I do believe that Aaliyah and Beyonce would have been very good friends, at least for awhile! I know not everyone likes Beyonce. I understand. Shoot, she gets on my nerves. LOL. I’m not even as much of a fan as I used to be. She’s talented but she is overrated because of social media and blogs. However, I really do think she loved and cared deeply for Aaliyah. Beyonce has shown the same love for Aaliyah as Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, DMX, Timbaland, Missy Elliot, and many others have.
To me personally, it’s pretty pointless for die hard fans of both these ladies to sit online and argue all day about these two and their careers. The sad thing is we’ll never know what Aaliyah’s career would have done because she’s no longer here. Beyonce is and we have watched her evolve and continue to get more and more famous but why can’t these two women just be great anyway? Why the comparisons? I think they had totally different styles and looks. Aaliyah was also good friends with Jay Z, who we know is married to Beyonce now. Aaliyah was going with Damon Dash and he was a good friend of Jay Z’s. You guys really don’t believe Aaliyah and Beyonce would have been really close? LOL. I do.
It’s just sad that people always compare two great artists but then again as I said earlier, a lot of people are tired of Beyonce because she is constantly talked about in the media. We never had the chance to see Aaliyah get overrated and Aaliyah represents a time in entertainment where you had to have real talent to be famous and I think that’s a time MANY of us really do miss. So I understand the frustration but I don’t understand the constant need to tear one woman down by uplifting the next woman. That’s pretty crazy to me. LOL. What do you guys think?