When Selena Quintanilla’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was unveiled on Friday, the fan cry, “Anything for Selenas,” was in full force.
We knew the Tejano music Queen would draw a crowd (because, Selena), but the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce reports that the ceremony drew the largest number of people since Mexican singer Vicente Fernandez was honored in 1998. ¡Viva México!
Joining the singer’s late family and other celebrities were 4,500 fans.
Marveling at the turnout, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti took to the podium and announced, “This is history in the making” in both English and Spanish.
“Selena was an angel,” he also said of the recipient of the famous strip’s 2,622nd star. “And we thank the family for all they gave and have given this country, and it’s a message we need now more than ever. Because we aren’t strangers to this land, this is our home.”
Fellow Tejana Eva Longoria was in attendance and also addressed the crowd. “Selena’s voice was a key that unlocked the hearts and minds of millions,” the actress and fashion designer said. “She was a small town girl with a big heart and a smile that radiated and captivated people everywhere. That small town was my hometown of Corpus Christi, Texas. And she was the face I finally saw that looked like mine.”
Indeed, a large part of the Dreaming of You singer’s appeal was her relatability; the way that her look, sound, personality and background resonated so closely with millions of people.
Selena’s sister Suzette Quintanilla closed out the ceremony with one of the singer-songwriter’s famous quotes: “The goal isn’t to live forever, but to create something that will.”
Indeed, the icon’s legacy and light lives on.