Selena Quintanilla Google doodle celebrates Mexican-American musician & beacon for Latinx community

Muriel Hammond
October 18, 2017

Mexican-America singer Selena Quintanilla is featured on Google's home page on Tuesday, marking the 28th anniversary of the release of her self-titled album "Selena".

Four more albums would come later, including the posthumous "Dreaming of You" which was released after the singer was shot and killed at age 23 by her former employee Yolanda Saldívar on March 31, 1995.

Tuesday's Google Doodle commemorates the debut of Selena's first official album "Selena", which was released October 17, 1989.

Google Doodle honored Selena Tuesday, writing: She "became a beacon of inspiration and hope for the Latinx, immigrant, and bicultural communities around the globe". Her popularity grew after she won the Tejano Music Award for Female Vocalist of the Year in 1987, and won it nine consecutive times.

"... Selena taught me that being Latina was a powerful thing, and that with hard work and focus I could do whatever I set my mind to". The last one, in fact, was released posthumously and became her first No 1 on the Billboard 200 (the 200 most popular albums of the week), says Billboard.com.

The Doodle is on Google's homepage in 14 different countries, including the United States and Mexico.


Campos and the Google Doodle team spent two years working with celebrated designers and animators as well as working closely with the superstar's family in order to accurately portray the musician's life.

Selena began her career as a child singer.

Selena's sister Suzette also shared her thoughts on what the Doodle her family helped create represents.

"Her legacy has only grown with time and shows no signs of stopping. I was raised knowing that one day, she'll be resurrected and we'll see her again".

Selena was always making music, even before anyone knew her signature name. Selena's brother, A.B., played bass, and her sister, Suzette, played drums.

The Selena Museum also partnered with Google for "Fotos y Recuerdos", an online exhibition of her awards, costumes, fan art and other items that are on display at the museum, which launched today.

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