domingo, 8 de febrero de 2009

SELENA´s Hometown To Host The 9th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards 2008!

Aprovechando la oportunidad de que la 9na Entrega de los Latin Grammy Awards 2008 se realizarán en Houston - Texas, quisiera que recordemos a una de sus más grandes artistas a nivel internacional, GRAMMY Award winner Selena Quintanilla. Su música, su legado y su carisma, estarán por siempre con nosotros a través de los años.  
El gran talento que poseía, junto a una increible voz, desde muy pequeña la hizo única. Selena hizo bailar y delirar a miles de fanáticos en México, Estados Unidos y en varias partes del mundo. Lamentablemente, siendo tan joven tuvo que dejarnos. Partió al cielo, pero desde allí, seguirá cantando para todos nosotros.
A más de 10 años de su fallecimiento grandes artistas de la talla de La India, Gloria Estefan, Los Kumbia Kings, Alejandra Guzmán y Soraya entre otros le rindieron un gran homenaje a Reyna del TexMex en el Astrodome de Houston, en donde su familia, fueron los invitados de honor:
When Selena began performing at the age of ten, her father became her manager and Los Dinos became her backing band. In 1983, she made her recording debut after appearing on popular the radio show of L.A. deejay Johnnie Canales. While Selena grew up understanding Spanish, English was her first language. Her first records were recorded in Spanish and she sang the words phonetically. After her music began to catch on, she began learning Spanish formally and by the time of her death, she was fluent in the language.

In 1987, she was named Female Vocalist of the Year and Performer of the Year at the Tejano Music Awards. Two years later she signed with EMI Latin and in 1990, she and Los Dinos released their eponymous debut album. Later that year she released a singles compilation, Personal Best, and she also released Ven Conmigo.


In 1991 the title track of the latter became the first Tejano record to go gold. Selena also released two more albums, including one of Cumbia music, Baila Esta Cumbia that year. Selena married Los Dinos´s lead guitarist and GRAMMY winner, Chris Perez in April of 1992. Other group members included her brother, a Latin GRAMMY winner too, Abraham Quintanilla, III, who played bass and penned many of her songs, and her sister Suzette, the drummer.

Selena won her first GRAMMY Award in 1993 for Best Mexican American Performance for her album Selena Live. That same year, she released an album of love songs, Quiero, and she also opened Selena Etc, a clothing manufacturing business.

A su vez, también realizó un comercial para la marca Coca Cola:
In 1994, she made her feature-film debut in Don Juan DeMarco, in which she played a singer. Later that year, she and her band embarked upon a tour of New York, LA, Argentina, and Puerto Rico. Amor Prohibido was released in 1994; the record's title track won a Grammy and went gold. In 1995, Selena began preparing to make her breakthrough into the American pop mainstream.

In the spring of that year she was working on her first English-language album, when she went to a motel room in Corpus Christi, TX, to fire 34-year-old Yolanda Saldivar, the woman who managed Selena's boutique in San Antonio, and the founder of the Selena fan club. A few days before the confrontation Selena's father had unearthed paperwork proving that Saldivar had been embezzling from the fan club. Saldivar and Selena argued and as the singer left, she was shot in the back. Selena didn't die right away and managed to stagger into the lobby where she named Saldivar as the killer. An hour later, Selena died in a local hospital.

Algunos medios transmitieron así la triste despedida de la cantante:
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It was a death that rocked the entire Latino music industry. Saldivar was convicted for the murder of Selena in November, 1995 and sentenced to at least 30 years in prison.
A special service was held in the Los Angeles Colliseum where she was to give a concert. Less than a month later, Texas governor George W. Bush declared April 16, "Selena Day," in her honor. Dreaming of You, her final album, was released posthumously in the early summer. It became the first Tejano album to reach number one in America and was double platinum by the end of the year.

Después de la muerte de Selena se publicaron diversas recopilaciones de sus obras a través de la disquera EMI que incluían temas en inglés, y otras con canciones del gran compositor Camilo Sesto tales como Tú, solamente tú y Tres veces no (Siempre Selena y All my hits), al igual que la parte del disco que había grabado en inglés, así como nuevas versiones de algunos de sus más grandes éxitos, el cual fue titulado Dreaming of You.

Dentro de sus aportes musicales, se destaca por ser la primera cantante en denominar formalmente a la Tecnocumbia como aquel género que se propagaría años después en México, Centro América y en el sur del continente, formalizado así su tema homónimo "Tecnocumbia", el cual se convertiría en una variante de la Cumbia mexicana.

La venta de sus discos creció espectacularmente naciendo así un mito, cuya vida fue llevada a la pantalla grande por la actriz Jennifer López en 1997 en la película Selena
Su repercusión fue tal, que la revista People le dedicó su portada una semana después de morir e incluso un número conmemorativo.

Numerosas figuras musicales muy importantes de la música latina, como por ejemplo: Paulina Rubio, Alicia Villareal (Esposa de Cruz Martínez, integrante de Kumbia Kings. Alicia realizó una de las mejores interpretaciones al cantar Si una vez), Kumbia Kings, Fey y Aleks Syntek, Soraya, Pablo Montero y Mariana Seoane, Banda el Recodo, Gloria Estefan, La India, Ana Barbara, Carlos Vives, Olga Tañón, Pepe Aguilar, Bobby Pulido, los Barrio Boyzz, Alejandra Guzmán, Ana Gabriel y Thalía han participado en homenajes póstumos a su memoria, como el celebrado el 7 de abril de 2005 Selena Vive que se ha convertido en el programa más visto en la historia de la televisión de habla hispana con un rating de 35.9.
SELENA VIVE !