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.


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!”


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.


In honor of her Walk of Fame honor, check out our playlist of Selena songs:

Author: Nancy Flores

Nancy Flores is a features writer who covers general assignments including Latino culture for the Austin American-Statesman and Austin360.

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