Selena Quintanilla is a true icon. The legendary tejano singer has influenced the Latino community (and beyond!) in innumerable ways, and she's inspired countless performers with her passion, creativity and talent.
From Demi Lovato to Beyonce, here are some celebrities inspired by Selena:
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“I did actually meet Selena in the Galleria Mall in Houston, but I didn’t say much to her because I wasn’t a celebrity. I just saw her and said hello and kept it moving. Definitely growing up in Texas, I heard her on the radio. I think listening to her album – even though I didn’t know exactly what she was saying – it helped me in the studio with my pronunciation,” Beyonce said. “I think she is a legend. I admire her. She was so talented. Even though she didn’t know who I was… I was still so excited that I got the opportunity!”
Kat DeLuna performed an adorable rendition of "No Me Queda Mas" when she was just nine-years-old! “I want to become a singer [and] be famous like Selena," she said at the time.
“Growing up, I loved Selena’s music," Demi Lovato said. "I was really young when she passed, so I didn’t know much about her until I got a little older. When I saw the movie, there was just some sort of connection. Even my dad is totally like the dad in the movie. It’s just so similar. There is something about the movie that was really inspiring to me. After that, you know, the songs are great, even though I don’t know what the words are. I’m learning Spanish, but I don’t know it fluently yet.”
“I feel Selena has influenced my life in tremendous ways," said fellow tejano singer Jennifer Pena. "She was definitely a huge inspiration for me to even try singing in Spanish.”
Katy Perry discussed Selena’s influence on her career: “Someone asked me ‘What did you think of when you were a little girl relating to the Grammy’s?’ I said, ‘I remember Selena! That’s all I remember! I remember that dress – I think it was red! Or was that [Jennifer Lopez's] interpretation of Selena? I remember the whole movie about her... and I wanted to be in that world.”
“One of the first songs I learned [to sing] was ‘Como la Flor,’” the American Idol alum said, in preparation for the 30th Annual Tejano Music Awards, where he performed the song. “It’ll be fun to finally get to do that and sing one of the songs that had a big impact on me.”
“Selena’s story is a great and sad story. Because when you’re a Latin artist, and really know everything that she achieved in her career – it motivates you. She motivates me. She’s great," Daddy Yankee said of the late singer.
“I am named after her. She was a big deal to my family and growing up from the get-go, I knew who she was and who I was named after," Selena Gomez said. "I got to visit her grave. I’ve actually met her family. Some of her family, and it’s such a honor to be named after someone so amazing.”