Hispanic Heritage Month: Selena
Selena was a Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter who became a Hispanic icon in the United States and across Latin America. Selena Quintanilla was born April 16, 1971 in Corpus Christi, Texas. She began performing at the age of five at fairs and quincenerias, and by the age of 15 was awarded "Female Entertainer of the Year" by the Tejano Music Awards. After signing with a major Latin music company, Selena released six albums, including one English and Spanish language album. Selena Live! (1993) was awarded a Grammy for Best Mexican-American Album and her follow-up Amor Prohibido (1994) had four number one hits on the Latin charts. Her English language album Dreaming of You was set to make her a cross-over success but tragedy struck when the young star was murdered by an employee and president of her fan club. Selena was 23 at the time of her death. To date Selena has sold over 60 million albums worldwide and continues to inspire new generations of fans. See a complete list of Selena's works available at Milwaukee Public Library here.