Welcome to Dreaming Of You: A Tribute to Selena...
Selena Wins The Grammy, a Television Role & Triumphs with an "Amor Prohibido":
Selena was now above all other Tejano Artists. She was the highest selling and paid Tejano Artist. However Selena still had not achieved the highest honors in her career. In 1994 she did...
In February 1994, the 37th Annual Grammy Awards were held in New York City's Radio and Music Hall. Selena was nominated in the Best Mexican American Album Category for her smash album "Live". That night, Selena's name would be read off the winning envelope and she walked on stage to receive the Grammy Award. She became the first Tejano Artist to ever to win a Grammy.
Above: In Feb 1994 Selena became the first Tejano Artist ever to win a Grammy Award.
She won her Best Mexican American Album Grammy for her album "Live" (1993)
Below: "Amor Prohibido" (1994) would forever be remembered in Latin Music history.
The album received Selena's second Grammy Nomination and went Double Platinum in less than a month of release.
That same year, in March, what would be her last album in life was released, "Amor Prohibido". This CD which consisted many of Selena's most famous songs such as: Bidi Bidi Bom Bom, Techno Cumbia, and the title track to name a few. The album launched to #1 on the Billboard Latin 50, the first time Selena ever accomplished that. The album defeated Gloria Estefan's album which was released the same week. As if that weren't enough, the album became double plantinum with a month of release and multi-platinum shortly after that. "Amor Prohibido" has become what many consider Selena's "signature album". It was later nominated for another Grammy Award.
Above: Selena on the Soap Opera "Dos Mujeres Un Camino".
She was to have appeared on "El Premio Mayor" but her death prevented it.
Selena also debuted on T.V as an actress, on the Mexican Soap Opera "Dos Mujeres Un Camino" which broke records and became the highest watched soap in history. She played herself, but single, who fell in love with Ramiro, a member from Bronco. Selena also was to have a role on "El Premio Mayor", but unfortunately she did not live to be able to be on the show. In the opening episodes of "El Premio Mayor", which were filmed before her death, they showed a young woman listening to her music talking about her dream to visit Corpus Christi to meet her favorite singer, Selena. After she died, the storyline was simply dropped.
Selena's Involvement with Youth Education and The Community:
Through all of her success in the Music World, Selena still felt it was important to find time to encourage children and youth to stay in school. She spoke many times in school's about the importance of getting a High School diploma and achieving your goals. She also did a public service video for school's entitled "Mi Musica", which was sponsored by Selena's sponsor Agree Shampoo. In the video Selena spoke about Mexican Music in America, but left them an important message that staying in school and graduating high school is the most important thing that they will do in their life.
Above: Selena constantly supported and rewarded kids who improved their grades
by performing for them. Like she did above, in 1994.
Selena also rewarded children who have improved in their academics. In 1993, Selena performed for free to Texas students who drastically improved on their grades, and donated $2,500 to School Programs. Selena also participated at many "Stay In School Jamborees", her last being in March of 1995, just two weeks before her death. She expressed her excitement at the turnout, "It shows that kids want to do something good for themselves..."
Selena also supported and was a spokesperson to the D.A.R.E program to keep kids off drugs and a Battered Woman Help Hotline. Its been said that when Selena's commercial for the help hotline aired, the phone lines would light up. Selena was definatley not a normal artist, who was only preoccupied with her success. She really cared for people and that's why people cared so much for her.
Above: Selena signs autographs in Houston City Hall on "Selena Quintanilla Day"
Her Community Services were honored on April 8, 1994 when the mayor of Houston proclaimed that day "Selena Quintanilla Day"
Selena Etc, Inc:
1994 also saw Selena live out her second dream to become a business woman/fashion designer. Selena opened three businesses: Selena Etc Inc, in Corpus Christi and another in San Antonio, both are boutiques and salons, and Selena Design House, Inc the company that manufactured Selena's line of clothes.
Above: Selena at the opening of her second boutique in San Antonio
in October of 1994
Selena never gave up her dream to become a fashion designer, she always made the outfits her group wore on stage. Selena's main goal for her clothes line was to be able to drop the price point for the average consumer and to have national chains of stores carry her clothes. The manager of the boutiques was the same person that started up the Selena Fan Club back in 1991, she was in charge of all financial duties from both the boutiques and the Fan Club.
Selena, On The Verge of Everything She Ever Wanted:
At the end 1994, Selena began to record her English crossover album for SBK Records. She had selected 13 tracks that she felt expressed her the best. Everything she touched turned into Gold: all of her albums have turned at least Gold Records Status, her boutiques were flourishing and she was thinking of opening a Mexico outlet, and her fan club was growing at a fast pace. And she was ready to start a family, and have children.
The Latin world was in high anticipation to see Selena become the next Gloria Estefan, it was only a matter of time...
Unfortunately, betrayal and violence, forever froze the clock for Selena at the age of only 23...
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