Amanda

By Amanda

LifeBuzz Staff

21 Years After Her Death Selena Quintanilla’s Star Burns Brighter Than Ever.

It's possible that a lot of young people (say, 20 years old and younger) don't know who Selena Quintanilla-Perez is -- after all, she died right around the time that they were born. But for those of us of a slightly older generation, Selena revolutionized what pop music could be, taking it from a primarily white industry to one that recognized the influences of Latin and Tejano music. Think of it this way: Without Selena, there might not be any Shakira, Ricky Martin, or Jennifer Lopez.

Now, more than 21 years after her death, we're remember Selena's life, her tragic murder, and the legacy she left behind. If it's been awhile since you thought of her, check out her life story below to remember why she was such a powerhouse. And, if you happen to not know who she is, you're going to want to read this and find out. She wasn't just a singer -- for many, she was an inspiration.

Most of us remember Tejano music singer Selena Quintanilla-Perez.

She was the crossover pop star that was just getting started in her career when, in 1995, she was shot and killed by one of the most trusted members of her team.

Most of us remember Tejano music singer Selena Quintanilla-Perez.

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Now, 21 years later, we look back on Selena's all-too-short life.

Selena was the youngest child of the Quintanilla family. She started her career in the early eighties, singing with her siblings in a Tejano music called Selena y Los Dinos.

Now, 21 years later, we look back on Selena's all-too-short life.

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In the world of Latin music, Selena was a massive star.

In Selena y Los Dinos, her brother played bass guitar and her sister played the drums. Selena was the lead singer -- at just nine years old.

In the world of Latin music, Selena was a massive star.

She then went on to have a solo act, and in 1989 she signed with Capitol EMI Latin Records.

The label released her self-titled album,"Selena" in the same year. By 1990, Selena was already onto her second album, "Ven Conmigo."

She then went on to have a solo act, and in 1989 she signed with Capitol EMI Latin Records.

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"Ven Conmigo" won Selena plenty of critical acclaim.

In fact, it was the first recording by a female Tejano artist to achieve gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. She'd officially achieved success in a genre of music that was primarily dominated by men.

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