From VIBE Vixen — Ten years after the tragic death of one of R&B’s most beloved figures, Aaliyah Dana Haughton, BET attempted to celebrate her memory with Aaliyah: One in A Million, an hour-long tribute to the fallen star. The network promoted the special with the promise of rare photos, exclusive interviews with loved ones and never-before-seen video footage. Though we’re familiar with their history of missing the mark (the 2011 BET Awards being the most recent example), we were hopeful and even appreciative of their efforts, as they were the only network honoring the star with such an extensive program. Needless to say, they fell short. Damon Dash’s and Timbaland’s interviews notwithstanding, the special seemed lazy and rushed.
Here are 5 things we wish it would have covered:
– An Actual Performance…or Two
I don’t know about you, but when I think of a tribute, I think of people honoring an icon using the vehicle that said artist loved the most: art. The interviews were revealing and touching at times but as that’s all the tribute offered (save her music videos that we’ve all seen and minimal rare footage of Aaliyah), that’s not enough. A dance tribute with Fatima at the helm is something we could have cherished, enjoyed and (after learning every step) emulated. More so, it would have helped stir up in our hearts the feeling Aaliyah gave us when she was alive; the magic and joy we all felt each time we watched her dance.
The special undoubtedly was compromised by the significant number of videos BET aired, which came off as a time filler. Don’t get me wrong; we love every clip from Are You That Somebody? (which we all danced to) to Rock The Boat (which they did at least offer some behind-the-scenes footage for). But we’ve seen those videos. We’ve been watching them for 10 years. And every blogger/Facebook user/TV network worth their salt aired her videos throughout the day. What we would have loved to see, is simply, something we haven’t seen before. More interviews with those closest to her and those who loved her. More behind-the-scenes footage and rare interviews of Aaliyah just being her charming self. More stories about what she was like before we came to know her: the adorable Detroit girl with an angelic voice and a dream.