Selena Quintanilla-Pérez (April 16, 1971 – March 31, 1995), known popularly as Selena, was an American singer and 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 Latin 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’s first album, Selena y Los Dinos, was released when she was twelve years old. A few years after winning Female Vocalist of the Year at the 1987 Tejano Music Awards, she was signed to a recording contract with EMI. Her career and popularity grew throughout the early 1990s in the United States and Spanish-speaking countries. Her album, Selena Live! won Best Mexican-American Album at the 36th Grammy Awards in 1994.
Selena was murdered at the age of 23 on March 31, 1995 by Yolanda Saldívar, a staffer and president of Selena’s fan club. On April 12, 1995, two weeks after her death, Texas governor George W. Bush declared her birthday “Selena Day” in that state. In 1997, a Warner Bros. film based on her life titled Selena was released, starring Jennifer Lopez in the title role. She is the 2nd best selling Latin artist of all time, just behind Gloria Estefan in 1st place with over 100 million recordings sold.
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