Mexican-American singer Selena Quintanilla-Pérez will posthumously receive a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame in 2017.
Hailed as the Queen of Tejano Music, Selena was named "top Latin artist of the 90's" and the "best selling Latin artist of the decade" by Billboard magazine. She was also called the "Tejano Madonna" and ranked among the most influential Latin artists.
"The Walk of Fame Selection Committee is thrilled to announce our newest honorees to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 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," Walk of Fame Selection Committee Chair Vin Di Bona said in a statement.
33 other entertainment professionals will also receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame including Dallas-born ventriloquist, producer and stand-up comedian Jeff Dunham.
Selena is remembered for songs such as "Como la Flor," "Baila esta Cumbia," "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom," and "Entre a mi Mundo." She was the first Latin artist to top Billboard 200 with her 1995 hit "Dreaming of You."
In 1995, Selena was shot by her friend and former employee. Two weeks later, then Governor of Texas George W. Bush declared April 16 (her birthday) Selena Day in Texas because Selena represented "the essence of South Texas culture."
Selena's guitarist and widower Chris Perez thanked fans for this.
"I'd like to give a very special THANK YOU to all Selena fans out there for pushing for this to happen...I've said it before and I'll say it again, thank you guys for keeping her memory and her legacy alive," Pérez said on Facebook.
Fans continue to keep her legacy alive as they discover the good news.