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Selena Day 2022: How to Honor the Music Legend -

Selena Day 2022: How to Honor the Music Legend

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On April 16th, otherwise known as Selena Day, in Texas and across the world we annually commemorate the late, great Queen of Tejano for her everlasting influence on the music industry and our hearts. On what would have been her 51st birthday, we will instead host tributes and honor Selena Quintanilla-Perez’s legacy as this year marks the 27th anniversary of her untimely death. 

Who is Selena?
Selena Quintanilla-Perez was born on April 16th, 1971, into humble beginnings in Lake Jackson, Texas where she was the youngest of three children. At an early age Selena’s father and former musician, Abraham Quintanilla, began to take notice of his daughter’s talents.  By ten she was performing lead vocals alongside her siblings in their family band, Selena y Los Dinos. The group experienced a combination of successes and setbacks but persevered in hopes to break through the rigid barriers of the male-dominated Tejano music industry.

Selena’s musical success continued to blossom, and in 1984 she recorded her first LP. The gifted singer ended up winning the Tejano Music Award for Female Vocalist of the Year an astounding total of 11 times starting in 1986, including 9 consecutive awards from ‘89-‘97. With her burgeoning career came many more hit releases, including the still-popular Amor Prohibido, which was included on Billboard’s list of the top 100 albums of all time. Selena is the best-selling female Latin artist in history, selling over 65 million albums (as of 2015). Her first English album, “Dreaming of You”, sold 175,000 copies in a single day, setting a record at the time for a female vocalist.

On March 31, 1995, at the pinnacle of her career, Selena’s life was tragically cut short by Yolanda Saldivar—the manager of one of her boutiques and founder of the first Selena fan club. Selena’s death sent shockwaves through the music industry and beyond. Her funeral was attended by more than 60,000 mourners, with many members of the Hispanic community traveling from Mexico to pay their respects.

When is Selena Day?
Just two weeks following her death, George W. Bush, the then-Governor of Texas, declared that her birthday, April 16th, become a state day of remembrance for the singer, who he said encapsulated the culture of southeast Texas. Ever since we have been celebrating Selena’s birth by honoring the legacy she left behind.

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Little Known Facts about Selena
To this day, few truly know the full scope of the Queen of Tejano’s talents. You are sure to impress when sharing the following little-known facts about Selena Quintanilla-Perez.

  • Selena’s first language was English, not Spanish. She learned to sing her Tejano songs phonetically and later took classes by the instruction of her father to improve her Spanish fluency.  
  • Selena opened two clothing boutiques named Selena, Etc in San Antonio and Corpus Christi, Texas with plans to open a third in Monterrey, Mexico. Each store included full-in house beauty salons, along with memorabilia from shows and clothing inspired by her own style. Unfortunately, both stores closed after the singer’s passing.  
  • In addition to “Queen of Tejano”, Selena earned the additional nickname of “Mexican Madonna” for her inspired outfits and dance moves. 
  • She designed her look and all of her stage outfits 
  • Posthumous honors included being featured on a U.S. postage stamp and receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Google even released a Google Doodle of her in 2017. 
  • Selena was a public servant, involving herself in and sponsoring various programs such as D.A.R.E., the Texas Prevention Partnership, the Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Coastal Bend Aids Foundation and more
  • In 1994, her album Live! won a Grammy Award for the category Best Mexican/American Album making her the first Tejana to ever win in that category.
  • Her album Entre a Mi Mundo was the first Tejano album from a female to sell more than 300,000 copies in Mexico and was certified as 10x platinum in the U.S.

Celebrate Selena Day 2022 

There are many exciting ways, new and old, this year to pay your respects on Selena Day 2022. Here are just a few we’ve gathered.

Selena’s Birthday Celebration at The Good Kind
Kick-off Selena’s birthday weekend with a birthday bash on April 15th at The Good Kind. Enjoy all of her hit songs and a look-alike contest before enjoying a viewing of the movie, “Selena.”

Celebrating 25 years since its theatrical release, the 1997 musical biopic classic “Selena” stars Jennifer Lopez in the breakout role of her career. The movie has been incredibly well received and credited with introducing millions worldwide to the late singer’s inspiring story. In fact, this film had such an impact on the Latino community for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” that on December 14, 2021, it was officially inducted into the US National Film Registry. “Selena” is available for your viewing pleasure to stream now or rent on Roku, HBO Max, Prime Video, Apple TV, or Redbox. The movie will also be appearing nationwide with its rerelease into theaters starting April 7th.

Selena Watch Party
If you would prefer a more intimate watch party, round up your friends, family, and fellow Selena fanatics alike and host a themed watch party. Throw on your best Selena-inspired garb and immerse yourselves in one of the many biographical cinematic adventures detailing the singer’s short but impactful life.

You can also catch the two-part television series currently streaming on Netflix titled “Selena: The Series” which details the scarifies that the Tejano singer and her family had to make during her rise to fame

Want to sing along with Selena herself at her final televised concert? Check out “Selena – The Last Concert: Live from the Astrodome,” available to rent or buy on Prime Video

Selena’s Spirit Lives on in San Antonio
San Antonio is often considered the unofficial second home of Selena, with the amount of time she spent in the Alamo City. Whether performing at a sold-out Tejano venue or tending to her thriving boutique or simply running errands about town, she certainly left her mark on the city and our hearts.

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Luckily, there are multiple landmarks throughout San Antonio that were poignant at various points in her life. Be sure to venture out to these local attractions if you are looking to connect and feel closer to Selena’s unwavering spirit. 

Arguably San Antonio’s most iconic spot and historic attraction in its own right, The Alamo, makes an appearance in the 1997 feature film. Just stand out front and imagine yourself right in the middle of one the Bidi Bidi Bom Bom scenes. The arched stone bridge between N. Saint Mary’s Street and Navarro Street now deemed the “Selena Bridge”, is a charming site to snap a selfie and also happens to be the backdrop for a romantic scene in the movie “Selena” as well.

If seeing destinations from Selena’s actual music videos are more up your street, stop by Brackenridge Park or The Espee and travel back in time to picture yourself on the “No Me Queda Mas” sets

Over the years and throughout the city, artists have illustrated their appreciation for the musical icon through public displays. Located at 100 Beatrice Ave, standing tall in San Antonio’s Missions/South neighborhood, is Christopher Montoya’s breathtaking mural. Found at the corner of I-10 and Hildebrand is Alan Calvo’s vibrant depiction of the star mid song complemented with an Aztec-printed background. Calvo’s creation was in dedication to his father, a well-known Tejano radio DJ. Finally, grab a bite to eat while checking out the eye-catching Selena Mi Tierra tribute, where A.B. Quintanilla himself “loves” to often make a guest appearance.  

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