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From The Vault: Aaliyah – ‘Journey To The Past (Live At The Oscars)’

As Hollywood saddles up for its annual biggest night, we invite you back on a special jaunt with this week’s From The Vault.

Today’s pick is Aaliyah‘s rendition of ‘Journey To The Past’ at the 70th Academy Awards in 1998.

Serviced as a single from 20th Century FOX animated movie ‘Anastasia,’ ‘Journey’ was written by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. Vocally and sonically, it was departure from the brand of edgy R&B the beauty had become renown for.

As much as her vocal abilities have never been looked down upon, this very track allowed the then 19 year old to truly set all the power in her voice free.

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The single never charted in the US, but was a moderate UK hit. Still, all of that chart business didn’t prevent the song from being nominated for both a Golden Globe and an Oscar.

And though James Horner and Celine Dion ended up going home with the prizes for the ‘Titanic’ smash ‘My Heart Will Go On’, it was still an amazing look for Ms Haughton who was, at the time, the youngest artist to ever perform on the Academy stage. And oh did she make it count.

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From this performance, to the reception of her eponymous final record, all signs were pointing toward mega superstardom for this R&B princess.

15 years later, it’s hard to rationalise the loss of such a talent and we can’t stop imagining what the musical landscape would look like had she never left this earth.

Still, there’s some solace to be taken in the fact we still have showings such as this to cherish.

Your thoughts?

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13 Comments

  1. February 26, 2017 at 8:39 pm
    Lala says:
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    Ha!! And y’all say she would’ve been better than Bey…. her voice was cracking like a house window in a hurricane.

    • February 26, 2017 at 8:50 pm
      MightNate says:
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      Not like Beys voice was all that sturdy at that age. Plus try being so young performing at one of biggest eventd ever.

  2. February 26, 2017 at 8:41 pm
    Kurtz says:
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    My fave live performance by her she sounds so heavenly and sweet
    I’ll always miss her may she rest in paradise
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    Gone too soon X

  3. February 26, 2017 at 8:58 pm
    Music & Blunts says:
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    You can tell that she was nervous lol but towards the middle of the performance she gained confidence and then she shined

  4. February 26, 2017 at 8:59 pm
    Music & Blunts says:
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    Also tgj you forgot to mention that she became the youngest african american female to perform at the oscars (age 19)

  5. February 26, 2017 at 9:01 pm
    Kemar (@S_C_Jr on Twitter) says:
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    This might be my most favorite performance of hers. Such a true talent + a beautiful spirit. I remember watching an interview and she was so nervous yet grateful to be a part of such a huge show. Miss her!

  6. February 26, 2017 at 11:03 pm
    Now at youfr best game way tuesidnz says:
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    Amazing and alot of people do miss her

  7. February 26, 2017 at 11:42 pm
    Mark111 says:
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    ❤️

  8. February 27, 2017 at 4:31 am
    truthteller says:
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    I actually really like this song. It may be from a Disney type movie but Aaliyah’s vocal is gorgeous and the middle 8 gives me goose bumps. Aaliyah was a good example of somebody who wasn’t a powerhouse vocalist, but still had star quality.

  9. February 27, 2017 at 6:54 am
    Stephy says:
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    “the youngest artist to ever perform on the Academy stage”
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    Fake News. Michael was the youngest to ever perform

  10. February 27, 2017 at 12:16 pm
    JEC2 says:
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    Had she lived longer, I have zero doubt she would’ve ended up in the irrelevancy of Monica, Brandy, Ciara, Etc. She had great songs, but really an overrated artist.

    • February 27, 2017 at 2:46 pm
      310BRIAN says:
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      The moment she started putting herself out there with the films was when she surpassed Brandy and the others. She found success while being low key so what makes you think she would flop when she was finally achieving mainstream exposure.

    • February 27, 2017 at 9:20 pm
      dee says:
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      agreed!

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