Performing as part of the Sprite Liquid Mix Tour, the rapper asked that the production staff turn down the lights, and fans sparked their lighters as Aaliyah’s “Try Again” played softly over the speakers.
Jay-Z and the rest of his Roc-a-Fella family — including co-CEO Damon Dash, who was engaged to Aaliyah at the time of her death — turned their backs to the audience and walked to the rear of the stage for the thirty-second memorial.
“We love you,” Jay-Z said as the lights went up. “We miss y’all.”
Aaliyah, who was raised in the Detroit area, was killed on August 25, 2001, when a plane in which she was a passenger crashed in the Bahamas, where the twenty-two-year old singer/actress was filming a music video. In mid-July 2002, it was reported that the pilot, Luis Antonio Morales Blanes, had cocaine and alcohol in his body at the time of the crash.