Selena Quintanilla to be inducted into Texas Women’s Hall of Fame

Selena performs at Hemisfair Plaza in San Antonio, TX, April 24, 1994.  Photo by Sung Park / The Austin American-Statesman
Selena performs at Hemisfair Plaza in San Antonio, TX, April 24, 1994. Photo by Sung Park / Austin American-Statesman

Pop culture icon and the “Queen of Tejano music” Selena Quintanilla Pérez  will be inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame this fall.

The Governor’s Commission for Women announced the 2016 inductees on Thursday, and an induction ceremony will be held on Oct. 21 at Texas Woman’s University in Denton. Selena will be inducted along with four other Texas women including aviation pioneer Emma Carter Browning, entrepreneur Susie Hitchcock-Hall, University of Houston president Renu Khator and Ginger Kerrick, a division chief of the Flight Operations Directorate Integration Division at NASA’s Johnson Space Center.

“I am honored to welcome these five extraordinary women into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame,” Gov. Greg Abbott said in a news release. “Whether in public service, the arts, business or education, these leaders have inspired generations of Texans to reach new heights, achieve new goals and elevate the Lone Star State. I would like to thank each of the honorees and their families for their enduring contributions to the State of Texas.”

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For Selena, the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame news comes after a slew of posthumous honors this year. In June, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced that the superstar will receive a Hollywood Walk of Fame star in 2017. In July, Madame Tussauds Hollywood announced plans to immortalize the legend with a wax figure.

Fans will have more to celebrate in October when M.A.C. cosmetics releases the limited-edition Selena makeup line.

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On March 31, 1995, Selena’s former fan club president Yolanda Saldivar fatally shot her at a Days Inn motel in Corpus Christi. But for many fans of the Tejano superstar, who was on the brink of crossing over to the English-language music market, Selena’s legacy lives on. Fans will celebrate her life at the third annual Fiesta de la Flor festival in Corpus Christi on March 24-25, 2017.

“Selena’s story transcends cultural differences and continues to inspire people around the world,” according to the Texas Governor’s Commission for Women. “She is remembered as an icon for her musical accomplishments as well as for the joy that the memory of her charismatic personality continues to bring to her fans.”

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Selena to receive Hollywood Walk of Fame star in 2017

Selena performs at Hemisfair Plaza in San Antonio, TX, April 24, 1994. Photo by Sung Park / The Austin American-Statesman
Selena performs at Hemisfair Plaza in San Antonio, TX, April 24, 1994. Photo by Sung Park / Austin American-Statesman

Pop culture icon and Tejano music superstar Selena Quintanilla Pérez will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame more than 20 years after her death.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced the honorees for its class of 2017 this week, and Selena was among the artists selected for the recording category. Other performers include Clarence Avant, a posthumous honor for Jerry Goldsmith, Hall & Oates, Ice Cube, John Legend, *NSYNC and New Edition.

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Television producer and walk of famer Vin Di Bona, who serves as chair of the Walk of Fame Selection Committee said in a news release that “the committee looked carefully at each nominee and we feel that we have selected a great group of talent that will appeal to the tastes of many fans around the world.”

On Selena’s Facebook fan page, more than 70,000 music lovers “liked” the news so far. “The first time I walked the Hollywood Walk of Fame the first thing I asked was where Selena’s star was,” fan Lauren Robinson wrote on the site. “I’m very happy to hear she’s finally getting one!”

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On March 31, 1995, Selena’s former fan club president Yolanda Saldivar fatally shot Selena at a Days Inn motel in Corpus Christi. But for many fans of the Tejano superstar, who was on the brink of crossing over to the English-language music market, Selena’s legacy lives on.

Selena’s hometown of Corpus Christi will host the third annual Fiesta de la Flor festival on March 24-25 2017.

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Austin honors Selena with April tribute events

Selena performs at Hemisfair Plaza in San Antonio, TX, April 24, 1994. Photo by Sung Park / The Austin American-Statesman
Selena performs at Hemisfair Plaza in San Antonio, TX, April 24, 1994. Photo by Sung Park / The Austin American-Statesman

It’s been 21 years since the world lost Selena Quintanilla Pérez, but the legacy of this Tejano superstar — who was on the brink of crossing over to the English-language music market before she died on March 31, 1995— lives on. Selena fans across the country will honor her memory with tributes throughout her birthday month in April when the Queen of Tejano would have turned 45 years old.

Selena’s legacy helped shape everything from pop culture to fashion. Here’s a look at some Austin-area events where you can keep her memory alive.

April 12: The Glitoris’ fourth annual TuezGayz Selena tribute party at Barbarella (615 Red River St.) Doors open at 9 p.m. Small Selena tributes at 11 p.m., midnight, 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. $5 cover after 10 p.m.

April 16: Austin-based Selena tribute band Bidi Bidi Banda presents a free Selena Birthday Celebration at The Highball from 7-9 p.m.

April 16: Alamo Drafthouse will offer a Selena Sing-Along movie screening at various theaters including its Lakeline, Slaughter Lane and South Lamar Boulevard locations.

And if you’re in the mood for a road trip, Selena’s hometown of Corpus Christi will host the second annual Fiesta de la Flor festival honoring the late star. Ramon Ayala and La Mafia will headline the festival.

Know of more upcoming Selena tributes in Austin? Contact nflores@statesman.com.