Selena Quintanilla has been inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame.
The late Queen of Tejano music received the honor in recognition of her achievements and her contributions to Texas and the arts.
Selena’s sister, who was understandably overwhelmed with emotion, accepted the award on her behalf.
My sister once said that the goal isn’t to love forever, but to create something that will. Today is a testament to those words. I stand up here today with so many emotions and all of these beautiful memories in my heart that I would love to share with you guys but that would take a long time. As you all know Selena was such a unique person who embodied so much for being so young. Selena was a very kind and caring person that had an infectious smile and laughter.
She was a person that had an inner beauty that matched her outer beauty. She was an artist who had this amazing ability to captivate you with her voice and draw you in with whatever song she was singing. I am forever grateful to be a part of this powerful legacy that she’s left behind and which is why we’re here 21 years later. I do feel very proud in knowing that there is a new generation who has embraced her and look up to her especially in our Latino community because there are very few that I feel people in our generation can connect to.
Selena was 23-years-old when she was shot and killed on March 31, 1995, by Yolanda Saldívar, the founder of her first fan club.