Google doodles for singer Selena Quintanilla

Yolanda Curtis
October 17, 2017

Google celebrated the late "Queen of Tejano music" Selena Quintanilla with a Google Doodle on Monday that included one of her hit singles, "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom" to go along with the cartoon. Her father, Abraham Quintanilla, was an American singer-songwriter and record producer. In 1986, she was awarded the Tejano Music award for "Female Vocalist of the Year". Quintanilla's first song was recorded when she was just 8 years old.

In 1982, after she started recording professionally, Selena often received criticism and was also refused bookings at venues across Texas for performing Tejano music-a male-dominated music genre.

The singer's life was cut short when she was shot and killed by the former president of her fan club in 1995.

My family and I are honored and extremely excited to have worked with Google on this Doodle and exhibit launch, not only as a way to celebrate Selena's life and the dreams she achieved, but as a tribute to Selena's fans around the globe. She was around eight years old.

Two weeks after her death, George W Bush, then-governor of Texas, declared Selena's birthday Selena Day in Texas. It was released in 1997 and starred Jennifer Lopez as Selena and Lupe Ontiveros as Saldivar.

As of 2016, Selena had sold over 60 million albums worldwide.

She began singing in 1980 as a member of the band Selena y Los Dinos, which also included her siblings AB Quintanilla and Suzette Quintanilla.

She continued her education on the road, and at the age of 17 she earned a high school diploma from The American School of Correspondence in Chicago. To her credit, she had five more of her albums released after that.

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