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Google's homepage pays tribute to Selena Quintanilla in honor of new exhibit

18 October 2017
Google's homepage pays tribute to Selena Quintanilla in honor of new exhibit

Four more albums would come later, including the posthumous "Dreaming of You" which was released after the singer was shot and killed at age 23 by her former employee Yolanda Saldívar on March 31, 1995.

The Mexican-American singer Selena Quintanilla is now being featured on the Google home page.

Then, at just 15, Selena began to receive more critical attention, winning Female Entertainer of the Year at the Tejano Music Awards, according to ABC6. I even sang Selena classics in talent shows across northeast Texas [photo evidence below, courtesy of my Mom]. Her last album was released posthumously and got her her first ever No 1 spot on Billboard 200. Google is propelling the Doodle on the commemoration of Quintanilla's first studio collection, "Selena", which appeared 28 years back.

Billboard talked to the Google exec behind the doodle. With encouragement from her father, Abraham Quintanilla Jr., nine-year-old Selena and her older siblings, A.B. Quintanilla and Suzette Quintanilla, formed the beginnings of the Tejano sensation 'Selena y Los Dinos'.

Aside from incredible dance moves and how to belt some serious notes, watching Selena taught me that being Latina was a powerful thing, and that with hard work and focus I could do whatever I set my mind to. "They even put red on the microphone the way she used to have it", she added.

"What a great way to celebrate an icon".

Quintanilla is also remembered through statutes and various concerts and festivals in her hometown, and now through an worldwide Google Doodle.

And while Suzette and her family couldn't be happier with the "perfect story" told "from when she was young to adult Selena", Suzette admits she never thought to have a Google Doodle created of her late sister.

"In addition to the Doodle, people will be able to explore memories of Selena in high resolution imagery through an exhibit on the Google Arts & Culture site", Smith continues.

Selena's success brought stardom and she was soon known as "the next Gloria Estefan" and "the Mexican Madonna", courted by Coca-Cola as a spokesperson.