Today marks the 25th anniversary of legendary Selena Quintanilla-Perez.
Selena Quintanilla-Perez was known as the Queen of Tejano because she single-handedly revolutionized the genre, fusing her Mexican roots with bold new sounds. With her brother A.B. Quintanilla, who produced her biggest hits, and her band Los Dinos, they made music on their own terms, adding a hint of pop and rock to the classic cumbia, mariachi, rancheras, and tejano rhythms.
Born and raised in Texas, Selena was homegrown. As a woman in a male-dominated industry, she managed to keep it classy and real. With her bedazzled bustiers and high-waisted pants, she was sexy but approachable. Her music, including timeless hits such as “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” and “Amor Prohibido,” had a universal appeal, and when she won the Grammy for live in the best Mexican American album category in 1993, she became the first female Tejano artist to win that award.
Selena’s timeless appeal has continued well beyond her death at age 23 on March 31, 1995.
Her legacy has shined on the charts, on social media, on street murals, in clothing lines and makeup brands as an example of a Latin icon in pop culture.
San Antonio will play host to a Selena Quintanilla tribute concert headlined by Pitbull that will celebrate the Tejano music legend's legacy 25 years after her death in 1995.
Other performers include Los Tucanes de Tijuana, A.B. Quintanilla III y Los Kumbia Allstarz, Becky G, Elida y Avante, Ruben Ramos, Pete Astudillo, Gilbert Velasquez, Ricardo Castillon, Ally Brooke, Isabel Marie and The L'ab.
The one-night only concert honoring Selena will take place May 9 at the Alamodome in San Antonio. (The Quintanilla family told Corpus Christi officials in October that Fiesta de la Flor, a celebration of Selena's music held in the Texas city for five years, would not take place there in 2020.)