Twenty years ago, Mexican pop icon Selena was murdered in a Corpus Christi hotel room at the age of 23. Even on the cusp of mega-stardom, the singer/songwriter had already done more for Spanish-language pop music than most: She was the first Latina to score a No. 1 album and the first Tejano singer to win a GRAMMY. She had a series of hits stateside, including a few No. 1s on the Latin chart: "Amor Prohibido," "Como La Flor," "No Me Queda Más," and of course, "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom." Her influence was left all over the music world, and she remains a pop music treasure.
Oh, and Jennifer Lopez prrrobably owes her entire career to her. The actress/singer/entrepreneur got her big break in 1997 when she played the starlet in the film Selena. Last night at the Billboard Latin Music Awards, J. Lo tried her hand at the legend's songs once more. Disclaimer: You will cry. Period.
The tribute began with vintage clips of Selena; in one scene a recording of her plays the phrase "I firmly believe in the saying, 'The impossible is always possible.'" Lopez walks out of the shadows and launches into a medley of “Como La Flor,” “Bidi Bidi Bom Bpm,” “Amor Prohibido,” “I Could Fall In Love,” ending with “No Me Queda Mas.” The best part? She performs with Los Dinos, Selena's family band, and ends the performance by hugging the late star's brother and sister, a declaration of "We love you, Selena," and a few tears shed.
Check it out above and peep our essential Selena song Spotify playlist!