It has been 25 years since Selena was killed, but her legacy lives on. A legend in the Latinx community and arguably the biggest Tejano singer of both her time and now, she made a wide-reaching impact on the world in the 1990s. Now, to honor that impact, there will be a concert held at the Alamodome in May featuring numerous Latinx artists that showcase the influence that Selena had on music culture. In essence, she paved the way for these talented singers.
Selena’s sister, Suzette Quintanilla, is the CEO and president of Q Productions, the record company founded by Abraham Quintanilla Jr. “Over the past 25 years, her influence and relevance has only grown through the generations,” Suzette said. Stars such as Selena Gomez carry on the legacy of Selena Quintanilla, given the fact that Selena G. was named after her predecessor. “My dad and mom were huge fans,” Gomez told Sacramento’s NOW 100.5 in 2016. “My name was going to be Priscilla, but my cousin actually took the name when she was born six months before me. They actually loved [Selena’s] music, so they just named me after her.”
Perhaps most notable is Jennifer Lopez’s portrayal of Selena Quintanilla in the 1997 film, Selena . “The impact that it had on my life, my career, it was a great thing for her to be my mentor,” Lopez told NBC’s TODAY Show in 2015. “It was an important part of my life. It still is.” Before the movie, JLo was not a household name in the way that she is today. In a way, she can thank Selena for rocketing her into the stardom that she now knows.