Selena Quintanilla

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Full Name Selena Quintanilla
Age 49 Years Old
Nick Name Preciosa, Sel, The Queen of Tejano, Buffy, La Reina de Tex-Mex, Queen of Latin Music, Tejano Madonna
Gender Female
Famous As Singer, Songwriter, Spokesperson, Model, Actress and Fashion Designer
Birth Date April 16th, 1971
Birth Place Lake Jackson, Texas

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Selena Quintanilla was an American Singer, songwriter, spokesperson, model, actress, and fashion designer. She was re-known as the Queen of Tejano Music. She was famous for the Latin Music and Selena Quintanilla made her recording debut in the 80’s on to become an award-winning record artist in the Latin music scene with albums like Amor Prohibido and Selena Live and “Dreaming of You” album was her last album released posthumously in 1995. For her contribution to music, she was honored with several awards such as Grammys, Billboard awards, and ASCAP awards among others. 

She was shot and killed by Yolanda Saldivar on 31 March 1995. She was only 23 years old when she died.  

Selena Quintanilla Famous

  • Her singles “Como La Flor”, “Amor Prohibido”,” Bidi Bidi Bom Bom”,” I Could fall in Love”,” Si Una Vez”,” Dreaming of You”,”La Caracacha”. 

Selena Quintanilla young

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Where was Selena Quintanilla Born?

Selena Quintanilla was born on 16 April 1971. Her birth place was in Lake Jackson, Texas in the United States. She held American nationality. She was born to a father, Abraham Quintanilla Jr., and a mother, Marcella Ofelia Samora. She had two siblings, Abraham III Quintanilla, a brother, and Suzette Quintanilla. Her zodiac sign was Aries. She had Mexican-American ancestry on her father's side, whereas she was Cherokee Native American descent on her mother's side. 

Since childhood Selena love to sing and apart from that Her Father Abraham Quintanilla was a former musician and he managed and produced his family’s group named Selena Y Los Dinos. Selena grew up speaking English but her father taught her to sing in Spanish so she could resonate with the Latino community. She learned the lyrics phonetically at first and eventually learned to speak Spanish Fluently and began performing as a child.

Around the age of 10, Selena became the lead singer in her family’s band and the musical group started out playing weddings and clubs in their native in Texas. Her brother Abraham on bass guitar and her sister Suzette on the drums. She became famous and known as “Queen of Tejano” and “Mexican Madonna” for her sexy outfits and dance moves.

She took her education from The American School of Correspondence in Chicago, Illinois.

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Career

As she got the background of a musical family, she got trained and joined his family band and start playing at weddings and clubs. The band continued to tour by opening for larger Tejano acts in the southwest United States. For larger and larger audiences, the band learned to play many different styles of music. They played rhythm and blues-based music in larger cities and played more traditional Tejano music in small Texas towns. She was voted the female artist of the year at the Tejano Music Awards in 1988.

As she joined EMI Records in 1989. The head of the company’s new Latin music division Mr. Jose Behar knew she could take the music in a wide audience not only Tejano fans and had a great supporting company on her side. The song with Alvaro Torres, called “Buenos Amigos” became a hit and went to number one on Billboard’s Latin chart and introduced her to audiences throughout the United States in 1991.

She did a live concert in Houston in February 1994 with more than sixty thousand people and that makes her swelled and in 1994 her album Selena Live won a Grammy Award for the best Mexican American album. Her album “Amor Prohibido” makes sales of more than one million copies and increased her fame and was the top-selling Latin album of the year and named the Tejano Music Awards album of the year too.

Along with the singing and performing live shows she owns her own Boutique named Selena Etc. South Texas-based boutique, salon, and clothing store which was built by the Latin superstar Selena, Selena, Etc. was built & finished on January 7, 1994, in Corpus Christi, Texas which was the headquarter building.

Albums

Ven Conmigo (1990) First 1990’s first Tejano record to achieve gold record status and sold more than 500,000 copies.

Live! (1993). She became the first female Tejano artist to take home a Grammy for Best Mexican-American Album. Her album Live! Hit No. 2 on the Billboard’s Top Latin Albums Chart.

Amor Prohibido (1994) Her band played numerous tour dates in New York, California, Puerto Rico, and Argentina in 1994. Amor Prohibido was released that year and went super blockbuster.

Dreaming of You (1995) was her first English – language album that she hoped would put her on the top of the U.S. pop music charts but unfortunately, she couldn’t see her own success. Was released after her death and became a huge hit and went number on the Billboard Top 200 the week of August 5, 1995.

Selena Quintanilla Awards

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Selena Quintanilla Awards

She has won 67 Musical Awards. She was inducted into Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2017. Her other awards are:

Grammy Awards

  • Won Best Mexican/American Album” Selena Live!” in 1994

ASCAP

  • Won Among Most Performed Song “ I Could Fall in Love” in 1995.

BMI Music Awards

  • Won BMI Pop Music Award “Amor Prohibido” in 1995
  • Won Most Performed song of the Year “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” in 1995
  • Won Song of the Year “ Noo me Queda Mas” in 1995
  • Won Singles with over a Million Airplay Impressions “ Dreaming of You” in 1995
  • Won Song of the Year “Si Una Vez” in 1996.

Billboard Latin Music Awards

  • Won Hot Latin Tracks, Artist of the Year “Selena” in 1994
  • Won Regional Mexican Album of the Year, Female “Amor Prohibido” in 1994
  • Won Regional Mexican Song of the Year “Amor Prohibido” in 1994
  • Won Music Video of the Year “No Me Queda Mas” in 1994
  • Won Spirit of Hope Award “Selena” in 1995
  • Won Hot Latin Tracks Artist of the Year “Selena” in 1995
  • Won Regional Mexican Hot Latin Track of the Year “ Tu Solo Tu” in 1996
  • Won Regional Mexican Hot Latin Video of the Year “ Tu Solo Tu” in 1996
  • Won Pop Album of the Year, Female “ Dreaming of You” in 1996
  • Won Latin Greatest Hit Album of the Year “ All my Hits- Todos Mis Exitos Vol 2” in 2001
  • Won Female Vocalist of the Year “Selena” in 2011
  • Won Digital Download Artist of the Year “Selena” in 2011
  • Won Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year, Female “Selena” 2016

Lo Nuestro Awards

  • Nominated Regional Mexican Female Artist “Selena” 1992
  • Won Regional Mexican Female Artist “Selena” 1992
  • Won Regional Mexican Album of the Year “Entre a Mi Mundo” in 1993
  • Won Regional Mexican Song of the Year “Como La Flor” 1993
  • Won Regional Mexican Female Artist “Selena” in 1994
  • Nominated Regional Mexican Album of the Year “Selena Live” in 1994
  • Nominated Regional Mexican Song of the Year” No Debes Jugar” in 1994
  • Won Female Pop Artist of the Year “Selena” in 1995
  • Won Regional Mexican Female Artist “Selena” in 1995
  • Won Regional Mexican Album of the Year “ Amor Prohibido” in 1995

Tejano Music Awards

  • Won Female Vocalist of the year “Selena” in 1986
  • Won Female Vocalist of the Year ”Selena” in 1987
  • Nominated Most Promising Band of the Year “Selena” in 1987
  • Won Female Entertainer of the Year “Selena” 1988
  • Won Female Entertainer of the Year “Selena” in 1989
  • Won Female Vocalist of the Year “Selena” in 1989
  • Won Female Vocalist of the Year “Selena” in 1990
  • Won Female Entertainer of the Year “Selena” in 990
  • Won Female Vocalist of the Year “Selena” in 1991
  • Won Female Entertainer of the year “Selena” in 1991
  • Won Female Vocalist of the Year “Selena” in 1992
  • Won Female Entertainer of the Year “Selena” in 1992
  • Won Female Vocalist of the Year “Selena” in 1993
  • Won Female Entertainer of the Year “Selena” in 1993
  • Won Album of the Year – Orchestra “Entre a Mi Mundo” in 1993
  • Won Female Vocalist of the Year “Selena” in 1994
  • Won Female Entertainer of the Year “Selena” in 1994
  • Won Album of the Year – Orchestra “Selena Live” in 1994
  • Won Female Vocalist of the Year “Selena” in 1995
  • Won Female Entertainer of the Year “Selena” in 1995
  • Won Album of the Year – Orchestra “Amor Prohibido” in 1995
  • Won Single of the Year “Amor Prohibido” in 1995
  • Won Song of the Year “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” in 1995
  • Won Female Vocalist of the Year in 1996
  • Won Female Entertainer of the Year in 1996
  • Won Showband of the Year “Selena Y Los Dinos” in 1996
  • Won Album of the Year – Overall “Dreaming of you” in 1996
  • Won Song of the Year “Tu Solo Tu” in 1996
  • Won Tejano crossover Song of the Year “I could Fall in Love” in 1996
  • Won Female Entertainer of the Year “Selena in 1997
  • Won Song of the Year “Siempre Hace Frio” in 1997
  • Won Tejano Crossover Song of the Year “No Quiero Saber” in 1997
  • Won Lifetime Achievement Award “Selena” in 2001
  • Won Best Female Vocalist of the 1980s “Selena” 2010
  • Won Best Female Vocalist of the 1990s “Selena” 2010
  • Won Best 1990s song “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” in 2010

Selena Quintanilla Married

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Selena Quintanilla Husband

Selena Quintanilla was a married woman. She was married to Chris Perez, a guitarist, songwriter, and author, who is best known as lead guitarist for the Tejano band Selena Y Los Dinos. The couple eloped and secretly married on April 2, 1992. The couple shared two children, Gilbert Perez, and Carmen Medina. 

Selena Quintanilla Death

Selena Quintanilla died at the young age of 23 on March 31, 1995. She was shot and killed at Corpus Christi, Texas by Yolanda Saldivar, her friend, and former manager of her Selena Etc. boutiques. On March 31, 1995, Selena was shot and killed by the President of her fan club, Yolanda Saldivar. Millions of peoples mourned her death and with this attention, she became even more famous. The album “Dreaming of You” was released after her death in 1996 which has five songs sung in English. That album was a huge hit and sold more than a million copies and introduced to millions of new fans as Tejano music.

Selena Quintanilla Murder

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To date, her murder case became a mystery. One of her Former friend and Former Manager of her boutique, Yoland Saldivar shot her in the back severing an artery and killed. The complaint against her was and found that Saldivar had embezzled more than $100,000 from Selene’s account using forged checks. After Quintanilla’s family confronted her and began investigating her complaints, Selena was asked to come motel alone and asked for more demanded the records. Saldivar then took a 38 Tauras Model 85 revolver from her purse and pointed it at the singer and shot her once in the back after trying to flee from the motel. Saldivar was arrested after the long 9 hrs of hiding inside the hotel with the gun and the court sentenced her first-degree murder lifetime prison with no payroll for 30 years.

Selena Quintanilla Measurements

Selena Quintanilla stood at a height of 1.65 m i.e. 5 feet and 5 inches tall. She had a body weight of 126 lbs i.e. 57 kg. She had a voluptuous body build. Her body measurements were 35-26-37 inches. She wore a bra of size 32C. Her dress size was 8 (US) and shoe size was 7 (US). She had dark brown eyes and her hair color was black. 

Selena Quintanilla Net worth

Selena Quintanilla was one of the prominent artists who established herself in the music industry from the early 1980s until her murder in the mid-1990s. She is considered one of the best-selling female artists in Latin music history. She sold over 60-65 million records worldwide. She had endorsed several brands and appeared in numerous tv commercials. Besides music, she was also known for the fashion business. She earned quite a fortune from her business ventures in clothing lines and cosmetics. Her net worth was estimated at $25 million.