Some 4,500 fans gathered on Vine Street in Hollywood on Friday to commemorate the late Tejano music queen Selena Quintanilla, who was honored with the 2,622 nd star on the Hollywood Stroll of Fame.Known merely as Selena, the singer-songwriter broke barriers for ladies in Latin music. She opened the floodgates for a new generation of contemporary artists of Latin descent who would go on to delight in big appeal with traditional American audiences.Selena was born in Texas in 1971. She passed away in 1995 at 23 after being shot by a business colleague.Her music still resonates. As of 2015, Selena had actually sold more than 65 million units worldwide, making
her the best-selling female artist in Latin music history.
Getty Images Inning accordance with a Hollywood Chamber of Commerce spokesperson, Selena’s crowd was the largest-ever for a Stroll of Fame event, breaking a 1998 record set held by observers at the unveiling of the star for Mexican singer Vicente Fernandez.
“This is history in the making,” stated 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 household for all they offered and have actually provided this nation, and it’s a message we need now more than ever. Because we aren’t complete strangers to this land, this is our home.”
Many 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.
“Selena’s voice was a key that unlocked the hearts and minds of millions,” Longoria said. “She was a town woman with a huge heart and a smile that radiated and captivated individuals everywhere. That small town was my home town of Corpus Christi, Texas. And she was the face I lastly saw that looked like mine.”
Selena was the youngest child of a mom of Cherokee origins and a dad who is Mexican-American.
Selena’s sibling Suzette was the last to speak, wrapping with Selena’s own words:
“‘The objective isn’t to live permanently, but to develop something that will.'”
At the event’s end, the family stood together, positioning for professional photographers. Artist Chris Perez, who was wed to Selena, bent down to lay a small arrangement of white roses on his late other half’s Stroll of Fame star.
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