Over the past two decades, biopics centered around musicians have become a staple at movie theaters. They serve the purpose of immortalizing the artist we never want to see go, offering fans a final farewell to those who may have passed and, overall, shedding light on the hardships endured by the talented individuals that make them whom we’ve grown to love. Michael Jackson and the Jackson Five, The Temptations, Ray Charles, Diana Ross, Frankie Lymon–though all epic in their existences alone, have had their icon status solidified with compelling silver screen adaptations of their lives. Let’s take a look at eight R&B biopics that have all the highs and lows of a box office blockbuster.
Aaliyah – “Babygirl”
The story of Aaliyah Haughton is one of the most-anticipated films for R&B fans of the late 90s and early new millennium. Haughton’s iconic style, undeniably angelic voice and down to earth personality gave her an irresistible allure that resonates, to this day. Her crossover appeal earned her movie roles, such as Trish in “Romeo Must Die” and Zee in “The Matrix Reloaded.” At the height of her steady rise to fame, her life was tragically cut short as a result of a devastating plane crash in 2001.