What an honor! The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced on June 28 that the late Selena Quintanilla will be getting a star on the Walk of Fame in 2017.
It’s been 21 years since Selena Quintanilla was shot and killed at 23 years old by the founder of her fan club — but her memory and impact on the music world will live on forever on Hollywood Boulevard. Along with NSync, Ryan Reynolds, Amy Adams, and others, Selena will be part of the Walk of Fame Class of 2017!
Selena’s family posted this message on her official Facebook following the exciting announcement:
On behalf of the Quintanilla family we would like to send a very special thank you to Selena fans across the world. With your love and continued support, Selena’s legacy continues to shine like a star, making her top trending on Facebook! Thank you!
Of course, we all know Selena made a huge impact on the music world — Selena Gomez is actually named after the late singer.
“My dad and mom were huge fans. My name was going to be Priscilla, but my cousin actually took the name when she was born six months before me,” the “Hands to Myself” singer told Sacramento’s NOW 100.5. “They actually loved [Selena’s] music, so they just named me after her. I grew up, and I went to her grave. I remember I got to meet her family, and I just got super emotional ’cause it’s so crazy to see how far everything. I don’t know where she’d be right now. It’s nuts.”
Selena has been honored throughout the world of music ever since her passing in 1995. Jennifer Lopez played the part of the singer in the 1997 biopic; in 2015, her hometown of Corpus Christi created an annual two-day event, Fiesta de la Flor festival, in her memory; and at the 2016 Latin Billboard Music Awards, she won the award for Top Female Latin Albums Artist of the Year.
Selena may be gone but her memory will definitely live on forever.