Selena Quintanilla’s household could not be extra proud to have the late singer be honored on the 2021 GRAMMY Awards. Selena will obtain a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award throughout Sunday’s telecast — and as her sister, Suzette Quintanilla instructed ET, it is a “huge” honor.
“Mind-blowing…We even got a little teary-eyed,” Suzette expressed to ET’s Deidre Behair forward of the telecast. “It’s huge. It’s an honor!”
Selena was solely 23 years previous when she was shot and killed in 1995. Her legacy, nonetheless, continues together with her devoted followers and hits songs like “Como la Flor” and “Amor Prohibido.”
“I think she would be over the moon. I think she would be very giddy about it. I think that she would probably have her social media handles and she would probably be posting tons of photos with it, I’m sure,” she continued. “I go back to the other part of Selena, of her being a role model. And I think that it shines a huge light on that. That with hard work and dedication and with your family behind you and everything, that you can do so much. [It] doesn’t matter where you come from as long as you have that drive and that passion and you can succeed.”
“And I think that this award, I hope that the younger generation, the younger Latinas, young [people] overall, they can go back and they can look at this and think, ‘Wow, she’s still doing it and she’s not even here. She’s been gone for 25 years,'” Suzette famous. “And that’s a powerful, powerful message. And I hope that that resonates in our youth. I really do.”
Selena gained her first GRAMMY for Best Mexican-American Album for Selena Live! on the thirty sixth GRAMMY Awards in 1994, marking the primary time a feminine Tejano artist gained the class. She attended the ceremony in a shocking Lillie Rubin white sequin costume. Suzette recalled being by her sister’s facet as she took house the trophy.
“There’s a lot of video out there and footage of Selena when she talks about how excited she was to win the GRAMMY. And I was so honored to be able to be with her and [Selena’s husband] Chris [Perez],” Suzette remembered. “And [my husband] Bill [Arriaga] and I were there whenever she won the award and how amazing she looked that night.”
“Twenty-five years later and who would have ever thought that she would be honored with this Lifetime Achievement Award? I’m very proud, and I know she would be also in regards to the fact that we are Mexicanos-Americanos, we’re Mexican-Americans, and this is happening,” Suzette acknowledged. “It’s huge. It’s really huge for a different couple of reasons. More importantly, the fact that her career and her life is still being celebrated so many years later.”
“There’s a representation there of who we are as Mexican-Americans…There’s not a lot of it,” she continued. “And to have something like that and a special moment to honor Selena, it’s just, it’s mind blowing and we’re so excited. I wish she was here to be able to experience what we’re experiencing now.”
Suzette additionally remembered her sister being so excited for the awards ceremony, expressing that she was in a “giddy mood the whole time” they have been there. “Just kind of looking at each other like, ‘I can’t believe it. I can’t believe it,’ that type of thing,” she shared, including, “And of course, a lot of people were complimenting her on how beautiful she looked. She looked amazing!”
As for what successful a GRAMMY for Selena Live! meant to them, Suzette mentioned it was “a beautiful thing.”
“Awards are amazing, but they don’t define who you are as an artist or as a musician, because there’s so many artists out there that are well-deserving of a lot of awards and unfortunately not everyone has one. It doesn’t define you. It just helps you,” she clarified. “It’s a nice recognition of all the hard work that you’ve done, and especially on this live album, that was recorded actually here in Corpus Christi at the Memorial Coliseum. And it’s just a live jam that we did back in ’93…To be able to record it here in our hometown and to have it win a GRAMMY, it’s a very beautiful thing. And I’ll never forget the fact that the whole night of us recording that was pretty special.”
As followers and the Quintanilla household proceed Selena’s legacy together with her music, Netflix’s Selena: The Series and extra, Suzette is in awe of how the world continues to embrace her sister.
“There’s a new generation that’s embracing Selena,” Suzette marveled. “She is a great representation of who we are as Mexican-Americans. She’s a great role model. She is an amazing singer, performer. You can’t ask for more than that…We live in a time, also, where I have the luxury of going online and I can look at her. Most people that lose loved ones, they don’t have that.”
Other honorees to be acknowledged with the Lifetime Achievement Award embody Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, Lionel Hampton, Marilyn Horne, Salt-N-Pepa and Talking Heads. ET will likely be offering nonstop protection of the 63rd GRAMMY Awards. Join us this Sunday, March 14, when the GRAMMYs air reside on CBS beginning at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET.
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