Selena remembered by fans as 50th birthday nears


Today marks 26 years since the death of Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla-Perez in Corpus Christi.

The Texas icon and Grammy-winning artist, who rose to fame in the 1990s, would have celebrated her 50th birthday on April 16.

The Lake Jackson–born musician was shot to death by the founder of her fan club, Yolanda Saldivar, who was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Memorable hits such as "No Me Queda Mas," "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom," and "Como La Flor" are still popular after nearly 30 years. Her English crossover album, the posthumously released "Dreaming Of You," sold 175,000 copies on the day of its release, a record at the time for a female vocalist.

"Selena Live! The Last Concert" was recorded Feb. 26, 1995, at the Astrodome and televised live on Univision. Regarded as one of her best performances, it was dramatized by Jennifer Lopez in a 1997 biopic.

Last month, the singer was posthumously honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 63rd annual Grammy Awards. Abraham Quintanilla, Selena's father and manager, formally accepted the award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences saying, "Selena would have been very excited for this honor."


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