In case you missed it this past Friday, 4,500 fan gathered on Hollywood’s famed Vine Street to celebrate Tejano music icon Selena, as she was granted the 2,622nd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. According to a representative of Hollywood’s chamber of commerce, it was the largest crowd of onlookers to attend an event. Prior to her untimely death she broke cultural barriers for women in Latin Music, enjoying mainstream success with Americans prior to her being shot by a fan turned employee who snapped after selena was confronted about embezzling from Selena and her family.
As of 2015, Selena’s is the best selling female latin music artist in history, selling more than 65 million units.
“This is history in the making,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti at the podium, repeating himself in Spanish.
“Selena was an angel,” he continued, which generated cheers. “And we thank the family for all they gave and have given this country, and it’s a message we need now more than ever. Because we aren’t strangers to this land, this is our home.”
Celebrity guests attending the ceremony included actor Edward James Olmos, who appeared in 1997 biopic “Selena,” and actress Eva Longoria.
“Selena’s voice was a key that unlocked the hearts and minds of millions,” Longoria said. “She was a small town girl with a big heart and a smile that radiated and captivated people everywhere. That small town was my hometown of Corpus Christi, Texas. And she was the face I finally saw that looked like mine.”
Selena’s family stood together, posing for photographers. Musician Chris Perez, who was married to Selena, bent down to lay a small bouquet of white roses on his late wife’s Walk of Fame star. Selena’s sister Suzette was the last to speak, using Selena’s own words:
“The goal isn’t to live forever, but to create something that will.”