She is gone, but not forgotten. April 16 is Selena’s birthday and the iconic singer would have been 44. Join us in celebrating the life of the legendary Latin music artist!
Today, all across the world, people are joining together to celebrate the birthday of one of Latin music’s brightest stars, Selena. On April 16, 2015, Selena would have celebrated her 44th birthday. Though 2015 marked the 20th anniversary of the singer’s tragic death, she remains alive in the hearts of all her fans. HollywoodLife.com is reflecting on her life and amazing career in honor of her birthday!
Selena’s Birthday: Legendary Latin Singer Would Have Turned 44
Selena rose to Latin music superstardom in the 1980s. She first sang with her band Selena Y Los Dinos and then found success as a solo artist. During her career, Selena was crowned the “Queen of Tejano,” the popular Latin music genre originating from the American Southwest.
In 1992, her album Entre A Mi Mundo was a commercial smash, going certified platinum six-times. Her following Live! album won her the Grammy Award for Best Mexican/American Album of the Year in 1993. In just eleven years, Selena released seven albums with Selena Y Los Dinos, four records on her own, and one award winning live album. Incredible!
Tragically, Selena’s life was cut short when she was murdered by Yolanda Saldívar in 1995 at just 23 years old. In 2015, fans observed the 20th anniversary of Selena’s death by sharing their love for the singer online. Those who were lucky enough to have seen Selena live shared their experiences, while others lamented how they never had a chance to see her on stage.
Adrienne Bailon paid tribute to Selena by performing a rendition of her hit song, “I Could Fall In Love” on the March 31 episode of The Real. Adrienne’s heartfelt performance was extra special, as Selena’s sister, Suzette Quintanilla, watched from the audience.
Suzette then spoke with the cast of The Real to discuss Selena and the 1997 biopic that had Jennifer Lopez in the starring role. Suzette gave props to everyone involved in the production, noting how hard Jennifer worked to do Selena justice.
Selena’s fans were surprised by an April 7 Facebook post by the Quintanilla family. Selena’s family announced they had partnered with Acrovirt, LLC to start an Indiegogo campaign in hopes of bringing the Selena experience to a brand new generation. They aim to raise $500,000 in order to create a hologram Selena that would not only tour, but release new music and videos!
Looking back at her amazing career, it’s such a shame that she’s gone. Happy Birthday, Selena! Your fans miss you! HollywoodLifers, leave your own memories of Selena and birthday wishes below.
— Jason Brow