Selena Quintanilla made her recording debut in the '80s, going on to become an award-winning recording artist in the Latin music scene with albums like Amor Prohibido and Selena Live. In , she was murdered by the founder of her fan club. Her last album, Dreaming of You , was released posthumously in Selena was born on April 16, , in Lake Jackson, Texas. Selena grew up speaking English, but her father taught her to sing in Spanish so she could resonate with the Latino community. She learned the lyrics phonetically at first, and eventually learned to speak Spanish fluently.
Who Was Selena Quintanilla?
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Referred to as the " Queen of Tejano music ", her contributions to music and fashion made her one of the most celebrated Mexican-American entertainers of the late 20th century. Billboard magazine named her the top-selling Latin artist of the s decade, while her posthumous collaboration with MAC cosmetics became the best-selling celebrity collection in cosmetics history. The youngest child of the Quintanilla family, she debuted on the music scene in as a member of the band Selena y Los Dinos , which also included her elder siblings A. Quintanilla and Suzette Quintanilla. She began recording professionally in In the s, she was often criticized and was refused bookings at venues across Texas for performing Tejano music —a male-dominated music genre. However, her popularity grew after she won the Tejano Music Award for Female Vocalist of The Year in , which she won nine consecutive times.