Even in death, some singers and performers are still able to inspire others to sing their tune. And as she posthumously celebrated her birthday, Aaliyah received a special tribute from fellow singer Frank Ocean.
On Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, Aaliyah’s 36th birthday was remembered by many within the music industry. Among these is Ocean, who made a rendition of the Isley Brothers’ track “At Your Best (You Are Love),” which apparently Aaliyah also covered back in 1994. Ocean posted his rendition of the song in Tumblr on Saturday, Jan.17, 2015, renaming it “You Are Luhh.”
Ocean’s rendition of “At Your Best” is among the songs he recently posted over at Tumblr. This includes his latest single, “Memrise,” which he posted in late November 2014.
“At Your Best” was written by the Isley Brothers in honor of their mother and was released in 1976. Years later, Aaliyah recorded the song for her debut album, “Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number.” The song became a big hit, reaching #6 in the Billboard Hot 100.
Dubbed as the “Princess of R&B,” Aaliyah was at the prime of her career at a tender age of 22. Unfortunately, everything came crashing down upon her untimely death in a plane crash in the Bahamas on Aug. 25, 2001. In memory of her life, Aaliyah’s story was portrayed in a made-for-TV biopic entitled “Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B,” released by Lifetime Television in November 2014.
Though deemed a success, the TV film mostly received negative reviews and even earned the criticism of Aaliyah’s family. One of the noted criticisms during the TV film’s casting was the selection of Zendaya Coleman to portray Aaliyah. Finally, after much debate, Coleman stepped down and passed the role to Alexandra Shipp.
“Basically, I just felt that because I love [Aaliyah], and because I respect her so much as an artist, I don’t want to do anything that’s half or anything that’s less for her,” Coleman said in an interview at the BET Awards in June 2014.
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