Selena’s Spirit Lives On

For many, Selena Quintanilla-Perez—known to fans simply as Selena—embodies the heart and soul of Latin music. A charismatic entertainer with a rich and emotional vocal style, she helped transform and popularize Tejano music by integrating techno-hip-hop beats and disco-influenced dance movements with a captivating stage presence. Her inclusion in the Latin Music Legends set of commemorative stamps this year speaks to the importance of her role in Mexican-American culture.

Even 16 years after her tragic death, Selena still wins awards for her music. The Billboard Mexican Music Awards last week honored her with the title of “Digital Download Artist of the Year.”

Selena fans are no strangers to posthumous praise for the “Queen of Tejano.” Her album Dreaming of You, which was released shortly after her death in 1995, reached number one on the Billboard 200 that year. In 1999, Billboard Magazine called Selena the “best selling Latin artist of the decade.”

Latin Music Legends Digital Color Postmark Keepsake

Perhaps one of the most loved Spanish-language singer/songwriters to cross over to English-speaking American audiences, Selena broke down barriers with her enormous success. The effects of her legacy on Latin music in America are certainly still felt today.

Tributes to Selena’s work have included a biographical documentary, a popular film made of her life starring Jennifer Lopez, and a memorial and museum in Corpus Christi, Texas. Today, her legacy continues through the work of the Selena Foundation. Based in Corpus Christi, the non-profit organization was established in May 1995 to help children in crisis.

The Latin Music Legends stamps, created by artist Rafael López, are still available for purchase in Post Offices nationwide and online at the Postal Store.

Selena licensed by Q Productions, Inc., Corpus Christi, Texas

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54 thoughts on “Selena’s Spirit Lives On

  1. I didn’t know her personally and only found out about her through the movie but she seemed to be a sweet spirit who unfortunately trusted the wrong person.

  2. This is a beautiful bit of news to read! Selena was a wonderful person. The movie didn’t even touch on how she had a way with kids and such too!

  3. I’ve always been a fan of Selena. Her songs were always full of emotional lyrics and appeared to really embrace life altogether. She also reminds me of my older sister when she was that age.

  4. I found out about her through seeing the movie in a Spanish Class and through celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month in high school. Selena es la luna del mar; R.I.P. Selena.

  5. Glad you wrote about it and are part of this community. She was a light and hope to the world, especially women that are afraid to break the mold.

  6. Selena will live on forever through her music! She was a very talented young lady, who left the world to soon. Great Post!! Viva Las Selena!!!!

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  7. I was very young when i saw the movie, “Selena” and that’s when Selena was truly introduced to me. Indeed she had exceptional talent and i still hear some of her songs.

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  9. I love the design and am glad she has received this honor. Although she is no longer on this earth, she has left a mark in our hearts and in history as an amazing artist.

  10. I was introduced to Selena through her biographical movie “Selena” starring Jennifer Lopez. A friend from Mexico shared it with me, and I remember that she would cry during the ending, when Selena would die. I am thankful to have heard Selena’s beautiful, upbeat music, and her sad, but inspirational life story.

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  11. I cannot believe 16 years have gone since her death and I can still remember being an 11-going-on-12-year-old having heard the news about her tragic death. However, her legacy lives on

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  13. A stunning voice that will live on and touch so many. Thanks Selena Quintanilla-Perez ~!

  14. Thanks for the reminder to buy more Latin Music Legends stamps. I’ve used almost all of mine although I had intended to keep some – they’re just so perfect to put on letters to friends who also love Latin music.

    Interesting fact: At first Selena learned lyrics in Spanish phonetically because she didn’t really speak Spanish and didn’t understand what she was saying. She later learned and became fluent.

  15. Selena is the one Latin American artist that I remember talking about in all of my Spanish classes. When we would listen to music, she was always the first one to be played. Her music is beautiful.
    There is a very large Latin American population in Harrisonburg. I am sure that Selena is loved in this community.
    It’s so great that she is is being honored and remembered because her music will not every die. She has inspired so many people. People trying to “get discovered” should look up to Selena in the ways that she lived her life. She opened so many doors for past, current, and future Latin American artists.
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