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In the early 1990’s, Mexican-American singer, Selena, won the hearts of Spanish-speaking communities both stateside and internationally. On March 31, 1995, at the brink of making her English debut, former friend and the manager of her fan club, Yolanda Saldivar murdered the Tejana artist. Her posthumous album, Dreaming of You helped her chart in the U.S. Top Ten.
Her most successful English songs are “Dreaming of You” and “I Could Fall in Love,” which are still used at many weddings today. Before her tragic death, Selena was known for being the “Mexican Madonna” for her flamboyant costumes and her activism in anti-drug campaigns and AIDS awareness. While Spanish was not her first language, it was the language that most of Selena’s songs were performed in and helped her connect with her audience on an intimate level. For the people who had never heard of her before her death, Jennifer Lopez portrayed her in the 1997 film “Selena.” Twenty-one years after her death, her legacy continues to thrive.
Selena was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame along with Ryan Reynolds and Eva Longoria, as well as launching a new MAC Cosmetics line named MAC x Selena.
In April of this year, at the Billboard Latin Music Awards, Selena won the award for “Top Latin Albums Artist, Female”. She was eligible for “Lo Mejor De…Selena” a compilation album of her greatest hits. The record was released in March 2015, spending 44 weeks on the Latin Pop Albums chart, and peaking at Number 2. In 2017, the “Fiesta de la Flor Festival” will take place in her hometown of Corpus Cristi, a 2-day music festival that celebrates Selena’s life and legacy.
Underneath all of her musical achievements, Selena was a great role model and one that continues to inspire in the present day. In a lot of ways, Selena serves as a precedent for Shakira, Thalia, Paulina Rubio, and even Selena Gomez. She has been an inspiration within the Latino community since her debut and continues to gain fans in this new millennium.
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