Selena Quintanilla fans, you’re in luck. It was announced Wednesday that the late singer, actress, fashion designer, and all-around Queen of Tejano music will be receiving her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in 2017.
This honor has been a long time coming, as Selena is credited with bringing Latin music, specifically Tejano music, to a mainstream audience (she scored a Grammy in 1994 for Best Mexican/Mexican-American Album and won a slew of other awards). And considering Tejano was such a male-dominated genre, her impact was truly a feat.
The singer was dubbed the “Tejano Madonna” by fans and the media for the flamboyant, provocative outfits she would wear, many of which she designed herself. This led her to launch her own clothing line and open two Texas boutiques, both called Selena Etc.
More impressive still was the star’s philanthropic works. Quintanilla was an active part of the Latino community in her home state of Texas, working with Toys for Tots and D.A.R.E., putting on benefit concerts and educating kids about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.
At the height of her success Selena, age 23, was shot and killed by her friend and employee Yolanda Saldívar in March of 1995. In honor of the fallen legend, Quintanilla was inducted into several halls of fame, including those of Billboard and the Hard Rock Café, was the basis for the 1997 film Selena (starring Jennifer Lopez as the woman herself) as well as memorialized in street murals across the country. Her addition to the Walk of Fame is only the latest of her many deserved tributes.
Also joining the star walk next year are Eva Longoria, John Legend, Ice Cube, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.