Selena gets her star on Hollywood Walk of Fame on Friday
First up was last year’s $350,000 wax figure. Next, a sold-out MAC cosmetics collection and a Google doodle. Now sealing Selena Quintanilla’s legendary status will be Friday’s honor with a star on the renowned Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The queen of Tejano music, who was murdered 22 years ago at the age of 23, will be posthumously awarded with the 2,622nd star on the boulevard of dreams in a 6:30 p.m. live stream ceremony at www.walkoffame.com.
Another Tejana, actress Eva Longoria Baston, will speak at the ceremony along with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
“Not a day has gone by that we were not asked by fans when Selena would get her star,” said Ana Martinez, producer of the Walk of Fame on Wednesday night from her Hollywood office. She added that Selena’s star will be placed in front of the historic Capitol Records building at 1750 N. Vine St., the record label the singer was signed to in 1989. She has sold more than 65 million albums worldwide.
“The day has come and fans from around the world will rejoice in her well-deserved honor,” Martinez said. “The Hollywood Walk of Fame honor is the only award that fans can share with their favorite icons. Selena’s star will be experienced by millions of her loyal fans for years to come.”
Also on Wednesday, Selena’s sister, Suzette Quintanilla — who will represent the family at the ceremony — helped Vince Godinez of Top End Constructors, the company that builds and places the stars on the Hollywood strip, put the finishing touches on the star.
In a video of Suzette working with Godinez, she said Selena “represents so much, not just as an artist but as a role model for Latinos. She has been able to cross over into different generations and not just with Latinos.”
Quintanilla said there is “a whole new generation” of Selena fans who have embraced her sister. “And that is a very rare thing to do as an artist, and for this to be happening 22 years later is unheard of.”
“I think it feels right for it to be happening right now at this moment,” she said about the star in front of the Capitol building. “This is where we used to come. We were signed with Capitol EMI,” she said, recalling the many times she and her family walked into the iconic building resembling stacked records.
You can see Suzette helping with her sister’s star at http://ow.ly/2k8Y30gibFP