Aaliyah sold more than 10 million records during her career, with both "Age Ain't Nothing but a Number" and "One in a Million" reaching double platinum status. Aaliyah was nominated for five different Grammy Awards during her career but never won.
Aaliya first appeared on the television show "Star Search" at the age of 10 but did not sign her record deal with Blackground Records until the age of 12. Shortly after signing the deal, she met R. Kelly, who would go on to mentor her. R. Kelly was the lead songwriter and producer on her debut album, which would go to sell over three million copies. Her debut single "Back & Forth" topped the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for three weeks. Her single "If Your Girl Only Knew" from her second album would also go on to top the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
Aaliyah received Grammy nominations for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance in 1999, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance in 2001, Best R&B Album in 2002, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance in 2002 and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance 2003. Aaliyah did win multiple times at the American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards and MTV Video Music Awards but only won once at the BET Awards.