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Selena

The tragic shooting death of Tejano singer Selena spawned a reaction within the Latino community that can be compared to the reactions to the deaths of Elvis Presley and John Lennon. An enormously popular singer in Latino communities across North America, her music crossed cultural boundaries to touch the lives of young and old alike. A flamboyant, sexy stage performer sometimes hailed as the Latina Madonna, Selena was nonetheless considered a role model for off-stage she was family oriented, active in anti-drug campaigns and AIDS awareness programs.

She was born Selena Quintanilla to Mexican-American parents in Lake Jackson, TX. Before her birth, her father Abraham had been a member of los Dinos. When Selena began performing at the age of ten, her father became her manager and los Dinos became her backing band. In 1983, she made her recording debut after appearing on the popular radio show of L.A. deejay Johnnie Canales. While Selena grew up understanding Spanish, English was her first language. Her first records were recorded in Spanish, and she sang the words phonetically. After her music began to catch on, she began learning Spanish formally and by the time of her death, she was fluent in the language.

In 1987, she was named Female Vocalist of the Year and Performer of the Year at the Tejano Music Awards. Two years later she signed with EMI Latin and in 1990, she and los Dinos released their eponymous debut album. Later that year she released a singles compilation, Personal Best, and she also released Ven Conmigo. In 1991 the title track of the latter became the first Tejano record to go gold. Selena also released two more albums, including one of cumbia music, Baila Esta Cumbia that year. Selena married Los Dinos' lead guitarist Chris Perez in April of 1992. Other group members included her brother, Abraham Quintanilla, III, who played bass and penned many of her songs, and her sister Suzette, the drummer. She won her first Grammy in 1993 for Best Mexican American Performance for her album Selena Live. That same year, she released an album of love songs, Quiero, and she also opened Selena Etc, a clothing manufacturing business. In 1994, she made her feature-film debut in Don Juan DeMarco, in which she played a singer. Later that year, she and her band embarked upon a tour of New York, L.A., Argentina, and Puerto Rico. Amor Prohibido was released in 1994; the record's title track won a Grammy and went gold. In 1995, Selena began preparing to make her breakthrough into the American pop mainstream.

In the spring of that year she was working on her first English-language album, when she went to a motel room in Corpus Christi, TX, to fire 34-year-old Yolanda Saldivar, the woman who managed Selena's boutique in San Antonio, and the founder of the Selena fan club. A few days before the confrontation, Selena's father had unearthed paperwork proving that Saldivar had been embezzling from the fan club. Saldivar and Selena argued and as the singer left, she was shot in the back. Selena didn't die right away and managed to stagger into the lobby where she named Saldivar as the killer. An hour later, Selena died in a local hospital.

It was a death that rocked the entire Latino music industry. Saldivar was convicted for the murder of Selena in November, 1995 and sentenced to at least 30 years in prison.

A special service was held in the Los Angeles Coliseum where she was to give a concert. Less than a month later, Texas governor George W. Bush declared April 16, "Selena Day," in her honor. Dreaming of You, her final album, was released posthumously in the early summer. It became the first Tejano album to reach number one in America and was double platinum by the end of the year. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi
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Babysexselen a
Selena will always be #1 nobody else will take he spot , right now I am listening to I could fall in love I love you selena!!!!!: - )
Selena you will always be known for how beautiful you were and I can't wait to see you in heaven I love you so much I wish you didn't die you didn't deserve to die you were to yong ,
daisy.pelaez x 3
Selena will always be #1 no matter what none like her ������❤️
I love u sena ����❤️������
asanche593
I ��������❤️Se l e n a and all of her songs like como la flor
It's been nearly 20 years since Selena passed.
She was pretty and I love almost all her songs...she will be missed :-(
I like this selena
I love you
omarhernande z 1 8 0
A love your songs
samanthar575
World's biggest inspiration we LOVE U
I love you so much Selena. You didn't deserve to die. You'll always be remembered ❤
If SELENA was still alive she would be 44
WHY YOLONDA WHY DID YOU SHOOT SELENA?????
Keep calm and BIDI BIDI BOM BOM
samanthar575
Always remember that we love you with all of our hearts and that Yulonda is the world's biggest b**ch .So for all of those haters out there keep your focking mouth shut.
omarhernande z 1 8 0
Selena a love your song of dreaming of. Love
Selena did you now your on youtub and famoce there
theladyros
I miss Her I wish she did't die
bila esta cumbia
I really miss SELENA I wish she was still here but thanks to Yolanda saldivar but she just had to shoot SELENA RIP SELENA
Hi you are a good singer
I love u so much Selena wish you were still here��❤️
tiana10_11
Love you Selena!
I love you Selena ❤️❤️❤️
julessanchez 9 7
Selena we miss u R I P
Lovely
R.I.p. Selena we love u very much
We love you selena
chonke01
Never Forgotten Beautiful Selena❤️
R. I. P Selena We ❤❤❤U
I love you I am so sad that you dead����
Raymondjohns o n 7 2 6 @ y a h o o . Com, MS,Selena, you'll always be missed for all the music you've given us and the love you shared with my and the world(R.I.P ) MAY GOD AMAZEING GRACE continuously bless you and the family for lifetime forever and ever so we go see Jesus and face judgement my phone God is going to bless you beyond what this world that could ever given you resemblance your parents your family husband and all you have touched.. (muchos amor ) Via con Dios !! Raymond Edward Johnson from Gl
rmanders01
Love you Selena you are the beat singer In the world
I love you so much and can't wait to see you in heaven
♡♡♡♡♡♡ i am going to be like her♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ my name is selena coronel im 10 years old
Es lo mejorr su música y ella es una belleza que nunca acavara de existir para muchos muy bella y bieen mexicana arrivaaaaa mexicooooooo
In the mirror oh I got these moves lol I like this song
trowel159
Will miss u trowel 159@ yahoo.com
You are such a good singer and we all miss you very much������
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yo te quero mucho selena muchos te queren
Ola marina pinso como selena iba aconponer asta el dia de oy marabiyoso como todo lo Que escribio
gwilliams175 0
God has a great Angel with Him and Jesus in Heaven.
A long with my Grandparents and Others.
No music artists will ever top Selena in Spanish and English music
Te amo Selena! Te extrano mucho!!
Me encanta!!
I love you selena & miss u so much! <3
I♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡ U
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