Selena

Latin pop, Musical Artist

1971 – 1995

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Who was Selena?

Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, known simply as Selena, was an American singer-songwriter. She was named the "top Latin artist of the '90s" and "Best selling Latin artist of the decade" by Billboard for her fourteen top-ten singles in the Top Latin Songs chart, including seven number-one hits. Selena had the most successful singles of 1994 and 1995, "Amor Prohibido" and "No Me Queda Más". She was called "The Queen of Tejano music" and the Mexican equivalent of Madonna. Selena released her first album, Selena y Los Dinos, at the age of twelve. She won Female Vocalist of the Year at the 1987 Tejano Music Awards and landed a recording contract with EMI a few years later. Her fame grew throughout the early 1990s, especially in Spanish-speaking countries, and she had begun recording in English as well.

Selena was murdered at the age of 23 on March 31, 1995 by Yolanda Saldívar, the former president of her fan club. On April 12, 1995, two weeks after her death, George W. Bush, governor of Texas at the time, declared her birthday "Selena Day" in Texas. Warner Bros. produced Selena, a film based on her life starring Jennifer Lopez, in 1997. Selena's life was also the basis of the musical Selena Forever starring Veronica Vazquez as Selena. In June 2006 Selena was commemorated with a life-sized bronze statue in Corpus Christi, Texas, and a Selena museum opened there. She has sold over 60 million albums worldwide, making her one of the best-selling artists of all time. She is also the only female artist to have five albums in US Billboard 200 at the same time. The Albany Times Union named her one of "100 Coolest Americans in History".

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Born
Apr 16, 1971
Lake Jackson
Also known as
  • Selena - Entre A Mi Mundo
  • Selena Quintanilla
  • Selena Quintanilla-Pérez
  • Selena Quintanilla Perez
  • Sel
  • Preciosa
  • Queen of Tejano
  • Buffy
  • La Reina de Tex-Mex
Parents
Siblings
Spouses
Ethnicity
  • Mexican American
  • Tejano
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Lived in
  • Lake Jackson
Died
Mar 31, 1995
Corpus Christi
Resting place
Seaside Memorial Park

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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