Selena Quintanilla Perez, broadly referred to just as Selena, will be posthumously regarded with the Grammy’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
The beloved Tejana singer was selected as a beneficiary of the Recording Academy’s award to perceive her extraordinary achievements in the music industry. The bilingual singer and music icon’s life was stopped 25 years back after she was murdered at 23 by her fan club manager in 1995. The posthumous award will be introduced at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards on Jan. 31, 2021.
“As a music creator and music lover, I am grateful that we are able to look back at our influences and see the impact that they have made on our community. In a year where music has helped keep us together, I look forward to honoring this iconic group of music creators,” Harvey Mason Jr., the Recording Academy’s interim president and CEO, said in a statement.
The singer’s official Twitter account posted a quote of hers to pay tribute to the accomplishment. “The goal isn’t to live forever, but to create something that will…,” the account wrote.
This Grammy wouldn’t be the singer’s first. With her 1993 album, “Live,” Selena won the Best Mexican-American Album at the 36th Annual Grammy Awards. That success made her the first female Tejano artist to win the category. Her album, “Dreaming of You,” would be released after her death and sell more than 170,000 copies on the first day of its release.
A fourth of a century later, Selena keeps on being a conspicuous figure, especially for Latinos, much more youthful generations who have just known her music after her demise. The broadly anticipated Netflix show, “Selena: The Series,” debuted in December and narratives her music journey as well as her Latino family as they take a stab at a superior life in the entertainment industry.
Different honorees of the Lifetime Achievement Award included Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, Lionel Hampton, Marilyn Horne, Salt-N-Pepa, and Talking Heads.