Aaliyah Inspired Mariah Carey With a Personal Message Just Days Before Her Death

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1997 photo of Aaliyah at the Soul Train Awards | Barry King/WireImage

Aaliyah and Mariah Carey were R&B stars in the ’90s

Both Mariah Carey and Aaliyah released hit songs in the 1990s and became fixtures in R&B. Carey climbed her way up the ladder in New York City before she landed her own record deal, while Aaliyah appeared on Star Search and sang backup for Gladys Knight.

By the end of the decade, they had influenced many other singers and changed how R&B sounded — and proving that women can dominate the genre.

Carey reflected on Aaliyah’s place in the world of music in her memoir. “The entire music industry was rocked by her death, but the R&B and hip-hop community was devastated,” she remembered. “She was indeed our little princess.”

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Mariah Carey is honored with Hand and Footprint Ceremony at TCL Chinese Theatre on November 1, 2017 in Hollywood, California | Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

Mariah Carey was in a dark place and got an uplifting message from Aaliyah

Carey was miserable throughout her marriage to music mogul Tommy Mottola. After they divorced and Carey began to blossom even further as an artist, she came under intense pressure from her record label — as well as the people around her — to continue working extremely long days and not taking any time to recuperate. Her family was trying to take advantage of her once again, as they had done before and after she found fame.

In 2001, when Carey was on speaking terms with her brother Morgan, he convinced her to go on a “vacation” to Los Angeles and go to a “spa.” What she didn’t realize was that she was being tricked into checking in to a drug detox and rehab facility.

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“When we got to LA my anxiety and disorientation was intensified by the tragedy of Aaliyah’s sudden and horrific death,” Carey recalled. “Just a few days earlier she had told the press, ‘I know this business can be difficult; it can be stressful. Much love to Mariah Carey. I hope she gets better soon.’”

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1997 photo of Aaliyah at the Soul Train Awards | Barry King/WireImageAaliyah and Mariah Carey were R&B stars in the ’90s

Both Mariah Carey and Aaliyah released hit songs in the 1990s and became fixtures in R&B. Carey climbed her way up the ladder in New York City before she landed her own record deal, while Aaliyah appeared on Star Search and sang backup for Gladys Knight.

By the end of the decade, they had influenced many other singers and changed how R&B sounded — and proving that women can dominate the genre.

Carey reflected on Aaliyah’s place in the world of music in her memoir. “The entire music industry was rocked by her death, but the R&B and hip-hop community was devastated,” she remembered. “She was indeed our little princess.”

Mariah Carey is honored with Hand and Footprint Ceremony at TCL Chinese Theatre on November 1, 2017 in Hollywood, California | Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagicMariah Carey was in a dark place and got an uplifting message from Aaliyah

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Carey was miserable throughout her marriage to music mogul Tommy Mottola. After they divorced and Carey began to blossom even further as an artist, she came under intense pressure from her record label — as well as the people around her — to continue working extremely long days and not taking any time to recuperate. Her family was trying to take advantage of her once again, as they had done before and after she found fame.

In 2001, when Carey was on speaking terms with her brother Morgan, he convinced her to go on a “vacation” to Los Angeles and go to a “spa.” What she didn’t realize was that she was being tricked into checking in to a drug detox and rehab facility.

“When we got to LA my anxiety and disorientation was intensified by the tragedy of Aaliyah’s sudden and horrific death,” Carey recalled. “Just a few days earlier she had told the press, ‘I know this business can be difficult; it can be stressful. Much love to Mariah Carey. I hope she gets better soon.’”

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Source:: Showbiz Cheat Sheet

      

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