Jennifer Lopez Will Honor Queen of Tejano Selena

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Jennifer Lopez will pay tribute to the late Selena Quintanilla at the Billboard Latin Music Awards this year. “It’s an honor, a great honor to be able to, twenty years after her death, to do a tribute for Selena. She continues to be someone that inspires. It’s something that excites me very much,” Lopez said to Al Rojo Vivo. She added, “I want to do something special, very special…just like she was, in this tribute.” The Billboard Latin Music Awards will broadcast live on Telemundo on April 30th. 

Selena was one of the most popular Mexican-American entertainers of the 1990s. Billboard magazine named her the best-selling Latin artist of the decade, and the top Latin artist of the 1990s. The singer released five studio albums including Selena, Ven Conmigo, Entre a Mi Mundo, Amor Prohibido, and Dreaming of You (posthumously released). In 1995, Dreaming of You entered the top of the Billboard 200 Albums chart, and Selena became the first Latin artist to have an album reach Number 1 on the Billboard 200. The pop project featured the singles “I Could Fall in Love,” “Tu Solo Tu,” “Dreaming of You,” “Techno Cumbia,” “I’m Getting Used to You,” and “El Toro Relajo.” The single “I Could Fall in Love” reached Number 5 on the Rhythmic Top 40, Number 12 on the Adult Contemporary, and Number 17 on the US Adult Top 40 chart. The song also topped the Latin Pop Songs and Canadian RMP Adult Contemporary chart. 

In 1995, Selena was shot and killed by her manager Yolanda Saldivar. The pop singer went to a motel in Texas to confront Saldivar, after it was discovered the manager had been stealing money from the pop singer. During the confrontation, Saldivar pulled out a gun and shot Selena in her right shoulder. The singer was rushed to a local hospital, where she underwent surgery. Due to significant blood loss and cardiac arrest, Selena was pronounced dead on March 31st. Following her death, Selena was inducted into the Billboard Latin Music Hall of Fame. In 1997, Jennifer Lopez portrayed the Latin singer in the Selena biopic. The film was a huge commercial success, and it grossed over $35 million at the box office. 

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