The late Latina superstar, Selena Quintanilla (known as just “Selena”), is set to receive a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame this year, over two decades after her death. Selena is just one of 34 honorees who will each be recognized with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the new year.
Latina singer Selena still has a large presence over the music scene today, 21 years after her passing. Selena, a successful recording artist and fashion designer, was just 23-years-old when she was murdered in by the president of her fan club in 1995. Talk about a crazy, stalker fan nightmare. The music community was devastated by her loss and at such a young age when she still had so much talent to share with the world. More than 60,000 attended Selena’s funeral.
The Queen of Tejano and Tex-Mex music finally gets her place on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced earlier this week the list of stars from television, music, radio, motion pictures, and live theater that they have chosen as the Walk of Fame Class of 2017.
This past October, M.A.C. Cosmeticspromoted a Selena-inspired makeup line. M.A.C. creative director James Gager explained the inspiration he got from Selena to create the line.
“Selena’s talent and beauty, inside and out, have left a colorful, meaningful impact in the world that has continued to grow over the last two decades.
“We have heard the passion and enthusiasm from her fans and wholeheartedly agree that her legacy embodies M.A.C’s philosophy. We are so excited to announce a Selena-inspired M.A.C. collection debuting in the latter part of 2016.”
The Latina icon released five Spanish albums. She made one English-language album, “Dreaming of You,” which was released after her death. Time Magazine characterized the young Latina singer after the news of her passing, describing how big of an impact Selena made and what an influence she was to so many people.
“Selena was the embodiment of young, smart, hip Mexican-American youth … a Madonna without the controversy.”
Fans around the world could not have been more excited to hear that the Latina songstress would finally deserve the star-studded recognition that she deserved.
Joining Selena in the talented Walk of Fame class is an assortment of silver screen talent, including Chris Pratt, Ryan Reynolds, and Dwayne Johnson, all who have starred in box office hits this past year.
Fellow Latina beauty, actress, and activist Eva Longoria will be honored for her career.
Also, enjoy a bit of a throwback while the Chamber of Commerce recognizes nineties boy band N’SYNC as they receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Composer Jerry Goldsmith is the other deceased actor that will be honored with a star this year. Goldman is best known for his work in films like The Omen, Alien, and First Blood. He passed away back in 2004.
New father John Legend will receive a star in the recording category. Bad-boy magician Criss Angel will receive a star for his performances in the live performance category.
- Amy Adams
- Jason Bateman
- Goldie Hawn
- Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson
- Chris Pratt
- Brett Ratner
- Ryan Reynolds
- George A. Romero
- Mark Ruffalo
- Rita Wilson
- Tyra Banks
- Andre Braugher
- Ken Corday
- Lee Daniels
- Hugh Laurie
- Eva Longoria
- Wolfgang Puck
- Keri Russell
- Haim Saban
- George Segal
- Sarah Silverman
- Jeffrey Tambor
- Clarence Avant
- Jerry Goldsmith (posthumous)
- Hall & Oates
- Ice Cube
- John Legend
- New Edition
- Selena Quintanilla (posthumous)
- Elvis Duran
Live Theatre/Live Performance
- Criss Angel
- Jeff Dunham
- Gustavo Dudamel
The Chamber of Commerce wrote a news release about the upcoming Walk of Fame Class, which is available on their website.
“Dates have not been scheduled for these star ceremonies. Recipients have two years to schedule star ceremonies from the date of selection before they expire.”
Fortunately for fans out there who would love to get a look at their favorite stars up close can attend the future star ceremonies for free!
“Whether you are a fan or a relative, you do not have to pay for any tickets to attend and experience a Walk of Fame star ceremony. Do your research and don’t be scammed.”
Look out for more announcements about the upcoming star ceremonies.
To find out more information about the late, Selena Quintanilla, and about her impact on the music industry, go to the official site of the Quintanilla family.
To find out more information about Hollywood Walk of Fame Class of 2017 go to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce website.
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