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Selena Quintanilla still makes her family proud. Almost 26 years after her death, the Queen of Tejano’s music posthumously received the Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards. Her father and former manager, Abraham Quintanilla Jr., accepted the prestigious award on her behalf, recognizing her tremendous impact on the music industry.
« I was very happy to open the box and see this important one Award honors my daughter’s work, « he told People after receiving the statuette before the show. “Really honored. Selena would have been delighted to have been honored, just as she was when she won her Grammy in 1994. “
More than two decades ago, Selena won Best Mexican-American Album for Live at the 36th Annual Grammy Awards. Born in Texas, she was the first singer in Tejano and also the youngest to reach this milestone. At the time, their second album hit # 2 on the Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart.
While Selena’s brother A.B. Quintanilla III, had originally hoped that a member of the Quintanilla family could have accepted the award in person, the coronavirus pandemic made things difficult. In January, the songwriter spoke to TMZ that his family would most likely watch the Grammy Awards together and celebrate Selena’s latest success virtually. And from. already knew where the award was going.
« At the end of the day, Selena’s name is mentioned again, she receives another award. [We’re] bringing it here to the [Selena] Museum for the Tons and Tons of People The Selena Museum is located in Selena’s hometown of Corpus Christi, Texas, and was founded by the Quintanilla family in 1998. Selena’s life is told through memorabilia such as her iconic outfits , including the white dress she wore when she won her first Grammy. The Grammy Prize itself is also on display. Fans can take a virtual tour here.
What it means to the Quintanilla family, it means posthumous honor that Selena has exceeded time with the love and support of her loyal audience.
« This award represents all the hard work and most of all our Latin American culture. Selena’s life has been cut short, but her fans have carried her over the years and her legacy is passed down from generation to generation, « Abraham told People. » That in itself is incredible. Your legacy grows and crosses cultural boundaries. That doesn’t usually happen when an artist is no longer here. «
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