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Selena Through The Years

Check out pics of the music legend Selena.

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    Selena with her mom, Marcella and father, Abraham Quintanilla.
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    Selena's father, Abraham Quintanilla, was a respected Latino musician who played with a group called Los Dinos. By the time she was ten years old, Selena would join Los Dinos, singing with the group.
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    Selena came to national attention in 1987, when she won Female Vocalist of the Year at the annual Tejano Music Awards.
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    Although English was her native language, she sang almost exclusively in Spanish, in a Tex-Mex pop style called Tejano.
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    Millions mourned the singer when she was killed in 1995.
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    Selena was known for her amazing vocals and crazy outfit choices. Aside from music, she began designing and manufacturing a clothing line in 1994 and opened two boutiques called Selena Etc., one in Corpus Christi and the other in San Antonio, Texas.
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    Selena was killed by Yolanda Saldivar, the president of her fan club and manager of the singer's chain of beauty salons and boutiques.
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    Jennifer Lopez played Selena in a movie that chronicled the singers life.
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    Selena's murder had widespread impacts. Major networks interrupted their regular programming to break the news; Tom Brokaw referred to Selena as "The Mexican Madonna".
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    Selena was married to Chris Perez, shown here.
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    Selena was laid to rest in Texas.
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    Flowers mark a memorial for Selena
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    Her funeral drew 60,000 mourners, many of whom traveled from outside the United States.
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    A memorial for Selena.
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    She was named the "top Latin artist of the '90s" and "Best selling Latin artist of the decade" by Billboard for her fourteen top-ten singles in the Top Latin Songs chart, including seven number-one hits.
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    Selena's album Dreaming of You, a combination of Spanish-language songs and new English-language tracks, debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200, making her the first Hispanic singer to accomplish this feat.
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    On April 12, 1995, two weeks after her death, George W. Bush, governor of Texas at the time, declared her birthday "Selena Day" in Texas. Her Birthday is April 16th, 1971.
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    People magazine published a commemorative issue in honor of Selena's memory and musical career, titled Selena 1971–1995, Her Life in Pictures. The issue sold nearly 450,000 copies; two weeks later the company released a special issue for Selena, which sold more than 600,000 copies.