Favorite R&B-pop princess: Aaliyah or Mýa?
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Favorite R&B-pop princess: Aaliyah or Mýa?

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Aaliyah died tragically in a plane crash in the summer of 2001, but her legacy lives on as the Queen of Urban Pop and as part of the trinity of '90s R&B princesses—alongside Brandy and Monica. But of all her peers, Aaliyah and Mýa share the most in common. Mýa and her sweet vocals burst onto the scene in the late '90s. Like Aaliyah, Mýa was also a multi-talented superstar, as both a highly accomplished dancer and an actress. Who's your favorite urban pop princess? 🎤

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Aaliyah paved the way for teenaged R&B and pop acts of the '90s and aughts with her 1994 debut album perfectly titled "Age Ain't Nothing but a Number." She was 15 years old. Her smooth vocals and tomboy, laid-back style grew over the years. And by the early aughts, she reached superstardom right before her tragic death.

But before she passed, she scored two multi-platinum albums in the '90s, was successfully featured on a handful of soundtracks, became a movie star in 2000 and gained her biggest pop hit with the #1 Hot 100 smash "Try Again" that same year. In 2001, she released what would surprisingly be her final album—the chart-topping "Aaliyah," allowing us all to watch her grow into a woman before our very eyes.

Tragedy struck in August 2001 when Aaliyah died in a plane crash at the age of 22. Although she was gone too soon, her legacy lives on, and her smooth vocals and hip-hop style inspired a long list of future R&B-pop artists to come.

Watch the dance video music to "Try Again" below.

Some would argue Mýa lived in the shadow of other young teen R&B-pop princesses of that era. But Mýa made sure you knew it was all about her. After all, "It's All About Me" is the name of her first crossover hit in 1998. Mýa continued to climb the pop ranks with her soundtrack collaborations "Ghetto Superstar" and "Take Me There." But it was her remake of "Lady Marmalade" alongside Christina Aguilera, Lil Kim and Pink that became her first and only #1 pop hit on the Hot 100. The collaborative effort won all the ladies a Grammy in 2002 and was produced by Missy Elliott and Rockwilder.

But Mýa also scored her own hits, including "Case of the Ex" and "My Love is Like...Wo." The singer-dancer decided to show off her acting chops in the Oscar-winning Best Picture "Chicago," as well as "Cursed" and "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights." But after the mid-2000s, Mýa went under the radar and became an independent artist, due to her frustrations with the music industry and the lack of attention her record label gave her. Yet, Mýa has continued to release albums independently, and she's been doing her thing as a versatile urban artist for her cult legion of fans.

Watch the dance music video to "Case of the Ex" below.  

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