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December 24, 2020

Music Icon Selena to Be Honored with Special Posthumous Award — inside Her Legacy

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The sensational Selena will be recognized for her stellar music at the 2021 Grammy Awards. Selena will be presented with a prestigious award, and we have the details about celebrating her memory below.

Music icon Selena Quintanilla will be honored with Special Posthumous Award. The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards will take place on Sunday, January 31.

According to Grammy.com, the Recording Academy has announced the list of honorees for its 2021 Special Merit Awards. Selena will be recognized along with other stars, including Lionel Hampton, Marilyn Horne, Salt-N-Pepa, and Talking Heads, for the Lifetime Achievement Award.

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The Trustees Award honorees are Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Ed Cherney, and Benny Golson. Daniel Weiss is the Technical Grammy Award recipient.

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The Interim President of the Recording Academy, Harvey Mason Jr., said that the ceremony gives them a chance to acknowledge the artist’s influence in the music community regardless of genre.  Mason shared that he is grateful to look back on the impact that they have made in the community.

“In a year where music has helped keep us together, I look forward to honoring this iconic group of music creators."

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A press release states that due to the challenges imposed by the coronavirus pandemic, more details about the event will be announced at a later stage. The pandemic has certainly hindered plans for casual events.

According to Entertainment Tonight, the news comes just after a few weeks after the release of Netflix’s “Selena: The Series.” The show chronicles the life and legacy of the singer-songwriter who tragically died at 23 in 1995.  

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There are differences between "Selena: The Series" and the 1997 biopic, which starred Jennifer Lopez. The film follows Selena as she grows from an ambitious young girl to a Tejano superstar.

According to the Insider, the 1997 biopic did not cover Selena’s unwarranted financial situation in-depth as the show.  Some of the movie’s most memorable scenes were also not recreated in the series.

The lead actress on the show Christian Serratos who plays the singer, is of Mexican descent, whereas Jennifer Lopez is Puerto Rican. The Netflix series premiered on December 4.

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On November 25, Jennifer Lopez reportedly revealed that she could not wait to see Selena’s show. The singer shared on the show’s Instagram account how excited she was about the series.

Lopez reflected on her portrayal of the late legend and made it known that playing Selena was a landmark moment in her career. The actress added that she was excited when she first saw the trailer and heard about it.

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Lopez passed on the baton to the new cast bringing the late singer's life to the small screen. Selena's legacy shows the vast complexity of Latinos.

The series charts the Texas-born singer’s rise and reign as the Queen of Tejano music. According to Edition CNN.com, her status as an icon was because of the richness of her identity as a Latina.

A professor from San Diego State University concurred Nathian Rodriguez revealed what Selena symbolizes to him. Rodriguez said that she was a representation for the borderlands, for people residing in the US but have Mexican Heritage and are not from one place.

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