Google dedicated its doodle on Tuesday to the popular Mexican-America music and entertainment icon Selena Quintanilla. Born on April 16, 1971, the artiste was known as the Queen of Tejano music. Her inclination towards music was spotted at an early age by her father. With his encouragement, at the age of 9, Quintanilla along with her older siblings A.B and Suzette formed the beginning of the Tejano sensation Selena y Los Dinos. The band initially played at family restaurant, quiceañeras, and fairs before their inaugural tour bus “Big Bertha that eventually led to high profile touring.
However, life wasn’t easy for these young artistes as they were frequently discriminated against in the male-dominated music genre, and some venues even refused to book the band for shows. Finally, Quintanilla’s energy, perseverance and talent soon won hearts and formed a strong fan base.
Soon, awards started flowing in and in 1986, Quintanilla won the Tejano Music award for Female Vocalist of the Year. Her first studio album EMI, that was released this day in 1989, remained on top of the billboard charts. In 1993, the fashionista won a Grammy for best Mexican/American album of 1993, becoming the first female and youngest Tejano artist to win the award.
Being a popular fashionista and trendsetter, she was known to often design and create her outfits for performances. Also, she was active in community service and an inspiration for bicultural communities around the globe.
Tragically, the young singer was murdered in 1995 when she was only 23. Today’s doodle depicts the life of Quintanilla and celebrates her achievements.