Friday, March 31st marks 22 years since the passing of one of music’s greatest Latina singers, Selena Quintanilla-Perez.
Simply known as Selena, she had already achieved international fame while being a member of Selena y Los Dinos and soon after her own solo career. She was well on her way to become even more mainstream in America, especially after her Grammy win in 1994, with her English-language crossover album (which she was working on), her clothing line and, most likely, make her mark in Hollywood.
Sadly, Selena’s life was suddenly and tragically cut short on March 31, 1995 when she was shot and killed by her former fan club president at a motel in Corpus Christi, Texas. She was just 23 years old, 17 days shy of her 24th birthday.
Selena’s legacy continues to thrive in the years since she’s been gone: a biopic, starring Jennifer Lopez was released in 1997. There have been a bunch of compilation albums released. In 2016, MAC debuted a limited line of Selena-inspired makeup, and Madame Tussauds immortalized the singer with a wax figure. Later this year, she will be posthumously honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Today, we remember the Queen of Tejano; all that she accomplished within a short period of time, her radiant smile, her fashion, her music, her life, a beautiful person gone way too soon.
Below are a few of her greatest hits. Enjoy!