Google Celebrates Selena, The Queen Of Tejano Music, With Its Newest Doodle

28 years after the release of her first album, Google is honoring Latin music icon Selena today with the company’s signature doodle. The self-titled album launched Selena’s career, making her a staple in the Latin music community. Her career was cut short, however, when she was murdered in 1995. Yet, even in her short few years in the industry, Selena left behind a legacy that is still celebrated and cherished today.

Selena Quintanilla, originally from Texas, knew she was bound to be a performer from an early age. As she progressed into her teen years, she began to perform more and more. Touring the country in a refurbished bus along with her family, she recorded her first LP record in 1984, releasing four more by 1988.

In 1989, her career took off. After performing at the Tejano Music Awards, Selena signed with EMI’s label Capitol Records and began recording her first album which was released on October 17 of that year. The album went on to be nominated for Album of the Year at the Tejano Music Awards were Selena took home the trophies for both Female Entertainer of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year. Between 1986 and 1997, she would win Female Vocalist of the Year a total of 11 times, as well as Female Entertainer of the Year a total of 10 times.

From there, she picked up national and even international attention, working on projects with Coca-Cola and more. A year later in September 1990, she released her second album, Ven Comigo, followed by three more albums over the next few years: Entre a Mi Mundo (1992), Amor Prohibido (1994) and Dreaming of You (1995). Each year, her fan base grew tremendously. Along the way, she picked up many Billboard Music Awards and even a Grammy Award in 1994. Selena had become a Latina icon that would continue to inspire young artists for years and years after her passing.

Aside from her music, Selena began venturing into the world of fashion in 1994, opening two boutiques. She then made her film debut in 1995 in Don Juan DeMarco. It was clear that Selena was no one-trick-pony; she could and did do it all.

Today, Selena’s music is still loved by many. While her time was cut short, her impact on the Latina community and industry as a whole started a wave of inclusion and empowerment for years to come. We are sure that Selena’s work, both on and off stage, will continue to inspire and motivate young artists for years to come, just as it has since 1989.

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