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Over two decades after her tragic death, Selena Quintanilla will finally be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The crossover Tejano artist will receive the tribute come November 3, 2017, with a formal ceremony. As the beloved artist was shot and killed by her former manager Yolanda Saldívar — a scene that was later hauntingly depicted in Jennifer Lopez's breakthrough role in the 1997 film Selena — her sister Suzette Quintanilla will be on hand to accept the star, People reports. “This day is finally becoming a reality and we cannot be happier," Suzette said in a statement posted to the artist's official Facebook page. "We are grateful Selena’s life has been an inspiration to so many and we hope it will continue to encourage people to follow their dreams.”
The star will be situated at 1750 Vine Street in Hollywood, fittingly, right in front of the Capitol Records building. (She was famously the first artist signed to EMI Latin, a subdivision of EMI, which acquired Capitol Records back in 2955.) Notably, actress Eva Longoria, who hails from Quintanilla's native town, Corpus Christi, Texas, will be amongst those attending the ceremony. Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti will also be in attendance to announce November 3 as the official "Selena Day" in the city. "OMG I'm so honored to be receiving a STAR on the Hollywood Walk of Fame!," Longoria wrote on Instagram, announcing her own impending star as well. "I remember moving to Hollywood nearly 20 years ago and going straight to the iconic street and looking at the stars saying 'I wanna have a star on this street one day!'... What makes this even sweeter is that I stand side by side with my idol Selena Quintanilla! Corpus girls representing!"
While incredibly delayed, Quintanilla's star still comes at a good time, as the artist still continues to this day to be part of a larger cultural conversation. She's influenced contemporary artists from Drake, who unforgettably wore an airbrushed shirt with her face on it two years ago, to Solange Knowles, who covered the artist's debut English song "I Could Fall In Love" back in 2013, while calling Quintanilla one of her favorite artists. “We are honored to continue to be a part of Selena’s story and witness this well-deserved recognition," said Victor Gonzalez, President Universal Music Latin Entertainment, in a statement. "Without a doubt she is one of the most influential figures in Spanish music and her legacy will continue to transcend generations.”
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