As Hollywood buzzes for Oscar weekend, we at That Grape Juice would like to take a journey to the past - a stroll down memory lane to 1998 when a certain powerhouse vocalist Celine Dion was sailing atop charts with the biggest hit of her career 'My Heart Will Go On'. A hit that would go on to accompany what became the most successful film in movie box office history 'Titanic'.
But, while all eyes were seemingly on Dion and co. for an Academy Award sweep, it was the performance of a then 19-year-old Aaliyah Dana Haughton (mononymously known as Aaliyah) who may have captured just as many hearts with a performance of her nominated hit 'Journey To The Past'. The Lynn Ahrens -penned number was the lead single from FOX's 'Anastasia' soundtrack and was one of few times early in Haughton's short career where her signature falsetto was not accompanied by slick R&B or bass-bumping groove. Obviously a welcomed departure as fans on both sides of the pond embraced the pop ballad and earned the 'Rock the Boat' beauty new fans along the way.
Click 'Play' above and journey to the past with us as we remember one of Aaliyah's most high profile performances. Obviously nervous in the beginning, the song's bridge and beyond really sees Haughton sell the number and belt it to a remarkable finish (2:13-3:20). Earning yet another milestone in her short, but decorated career as the youngest female performer of color ever to hit the Academy Award stage.