Google Doodle celebrates the life and career of Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla
17 October, 2017, 14:55 | Author: Benny Bass
The Tejano singer, who recorded her first song at the age of nine, was murdered when she was just 23 in 1995. In 1986, she was awarded the Tejano Music award for "Female Vocalist of the Year". According to Billboard, on 17 October, 1989 'Selena', Quintanilla's first ever studio album was launched after which she went on to gain a strong foothold in the music industry with five more albums.
Quintanilla was played by Jennifer Lopez in a 1997 biopic about her rise to fame and her death.
Most importantly, Selena became a beacon of inspiration and hope for the Latinx, immigrant, and bicultural communities around the globe.
The Tejano performer has offered numerous hits during her singing career including "I Could Fall in Love", "Dreaming of You" and 'Bidi Bidi Bom Bom'.
She fought through all the discrimination against in the male-dominated music genre to lack of cooperation from venues and financial institutions. One of my dearest childhood memories is of my mom and I belting Bidi Bidi Bom Bom and Techno Cumbia in the family van during our annual road trips to Mexico.
"Selena's legacy grows even larger with time".
As Campos noted, Quintanilla has been a role model for generations of Latinx and others who might've felt different or out of place in their communities.
As well as the Doodle, Google has also created an interactive online art exhibition that showcases some of Quintanilla's possessions, including stage outfits, her red Porsche, and the Grammy Award she received in 1994 for best Mexican/American album.
It illustrates the story of Quintanilla's life through an animated video that shows her singing at home as a young girl, performing in cafes and at birthdays and weddings.
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