Exactly 23 years ago, Selena Quintanilla made history at the 1994 GRAMMY Awards when she nabbed the title for Best Mexican/American Album. It was her 1993 Selena Live! production that garnered the attention of everyone at the Recording Academy, beating out big dogs Vicente Fernandez and Los Tigres del Norte.
Not only did the then 22-year-old singer become the first Tejano artist to win in that category, but it is undeniable that her talent opened doors for the new wave of Latinos that came to dominate the entertainment biz.
With the 2017 GRAMMYs just around the corner, let's take a trip down memory lane with the speech she gave during the pre-telecast event at the 36th annual ceremony. Glamorous in her white-glittered gown, Quintanilla thanked her team at EMI Latin, her band Los Dinos, her family members, and fans for believing in her music. Check it out below:
I ask myself— again, as GRAMMYs sneak up on us—where would the Queen of Tejano be now if her life was not cut short in 1995?
The speculations are endless. But considering she was already making history in every way possible during her trajectory, makes me believe the following.
After her big GRAMMY moment, Selena's 1994 album Amor Prohibido was nominated in the same category at the 1995 GRAMMYs. Vikki Carr and her tribute to Javier Solis took the golden phonograph that year. Selena, however, could have totally won the award back-to-back as the album— home to songs like No Me Queda Mas, Bidi Bidi Bom Bom, and Amor Prohibido—became one of the best-selling Latin albums in the United States.
Although it was never nominated, Selena's crossover album, Dreaming of You, released posthumous in 1995, had full potential of winning a GRAMMY for Album, Record, and Song of the Year. Yes, not only is it that good, but the production debuted #1 on the Billboard 200 chart, making the Texas-born star the first Latin artist in history to accomplish this feat. That, in itself, says a lot.
If she were still here today, there's no doubt that Selena would have continued releasing glorious music and nabbing more GRAMMYs for her collection.
There's no doubt that she would have continued with her dream of becoming a fashion designer, and that her boutique would have extended across the U.S. and the exterior.
There's no doubt that she would still be the role model she was, encouraging everyone to "believe that the impossible is always possible."
There's no doubt that today, she'd be in the rankings of artists such as Beyonce, Adele, and Shakira.
The movie, the cosmetic line, the wax statue, and her upcoming star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, all of that would have still happened because Selena has always been an influential artist in today's generation.
Perhaps, I'm wrong. Perhaps she'd take a break from it all and build her own house, raise farm animals, and be a mother, how she envisioned it.
One thing is certain though, she'd be 45 years old today, and slaying just as hard as in her 20's. That's just the way it is. That's just who Selena was.
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