Selena gets her Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

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Suzette Quintanilla, center, sister of the late singer Selena Quintanilla, holds a replica of her new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as she poses with, from left, Selena’s former husband Chris Perez, her brother A.B. Quintanilla III, and her parents Marcella Ofelia Samora and Abraham Quintanilla Jr. during a posthumous star ceremony for Selena on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Nov. 3, 2017 in Los Angeles.

 

 

Twenty-two years after her murder, the legendary Selena Quintanilla has finally received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The ceremony, held on Friday in Hollywood, was attended by hundreds of the late singer’s fans who lined the famed Hollywood Boulevard for hours waiting for the star to be unveiled.

Some 4,500 fans gathered on Vine Street in Hollywood on Friday (Nov. 3) to pay tribute to the late Tejano music queen Selena Quintanilla, who was honored with the 2,622nd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Known simply as Selena, the singer-songwriter broke barriers for women in Latin music. She opened the floodgates for a new generation of contemporary artists of Latin descent who would go on to enjoy huge popularity with mainstream American audiences.

Selena was born in Texas in 1971. She died in 1995 at 23 after being shot by a business colleague.

Her music still resonates. As of 2015, Selena had sold more than 65 million units worldwide, making her the best-selling female artist in Latin music history.

According to a Hollywood Chamber of Commerce spokeswoman, Selena’s crowd was the largest-ever for a Walk of Fame ceremony, breaking a 1998 record set held by onlookers at the unveiling of the star for Mexican singer Vicente Fernandez.

 

HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 03: A general view of atmosphere at the ceremony honoring Selena Quintanilla with a posthumous Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame held November 3, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)

“This is history in the making,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti at the podium, repeating himself in Spanish.

“Selena was an angel,” he continued, which generated cheers. “And we thank the family for all they gave and have given this country, and it’s a message we need now more than ever. Because we aren’t strangers to this land, this is our home.”

Numerous celebrity guests at the ceremony included actor Edward James Olmos, who appeared in 1997 biopic “Selena,” starring Jennifer Lopez. “Desperate Housewives” actress Eva Longoria was the only one to go up to the dais.

 

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“Selena’s voice was a key that unlocked the hearts and minds of millions,” Longoria said. “She was a small town girl with a big heart and a smile that radiated and captivated people everywhere. That small town was my hometown of Corpus Christi, Texas. And she was the face I finally saw that looked like mine.”

Selena was the youngest child of a mother of Cherokee ancestry and a father who is Mexican-American.

Selena’s sister Suzette was the last to speak, wrapping with Selena’s own words: “The goal isn’t to live forever, but to create something that will.”

At the ceremony’s end, the family stood together, posing for photographers. Musician Chris Perez, who was married to Selena, bent down to lay a small bouquet of white roses on his late wife’s Walk of Fame star.

 

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