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Aaliyah (R) and Alexandra Shipp (L). Photos: Getty
Lifetime, staying true to its biopic roots (i.e. young, beautiful, and tragically deceased subjects), will premier Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B starring Nickelodeon sprout Alexandra Shipp on November 15. Before her death in a plane crash in 2001 at the age of 22, Aaliyah was arguably the best thing to happen to abs at the time, and was definitely the best thing to happen to cargo pants and sports bras. Just watch the "Are You That Somebody" video. Basically, Alexander Wang, Rihanna, and all the bare midriffs of 2014 owe a lot to her.
Lifetime released the trailer full of drama, with lines like, "It takes more than some hot producer to create a superstar. It takes the right artist," from her mom. And the right abs, mom. The right abs. See some of Shipp's Aaliyah-like dance moves below.