It was Selena’s father who encouraged 9-year-old Selena and her siblings to pick up the guitar, drums and mic. During the 1980s, the family band, “Selena y Los Dinos,” gained popularity across the Texas/Mexico border and eventually across the globe.
Though “Selena y Los Dinos” struggled at first, with Selena often facing gender discrimination in a male-dominated genre, they played at several restaurants, quinceañeras and festivals they could book.
In 1986, Selena won the prestigious Tejano Music Award for “Female Vocalist of the Year” and earned her first mega milestone.
Her first album, “Selena,” remained at the top of the Billboard charts and in 1993, the “Queen of Tejano” won a Grammy for the best Mexican/American album of the year. According to Google, she was the first female and youngest Tejano artist to win.
What is Tejano music?
Selena is often considered the “Queen of Tejano.” Tejano music (or “Tex-Mex”) blends Mexican and American music genres. According to the Google doodle, that combines genres like pop, polka, ranchera and cumbia.
Selena was more than just a celebrity to many, especially to the Latinx community.
Selena’s legacy is due to more than her powerful vocals, iconic dance moves and hypnotic stage energy.
She was a notable fashion icon of the time and played a big part in designing and creating her own performance wardrobe.
But in her free time, Selena was also a major advocate for education and often participated in community service.
“Most importantly,” Google Doodles Global Marketing Lead Perla Camps wrote, “Selena became a beacon of inspiration and hope for the Latinx, immigrant, and bicultural communities around the globe. Her story of embracing and celebrating all parts of her cultural heritage and persevering in the face of adversity forged an emotional connection with millions.”
Camps, who is the daughter of a Mexican immigrant single mom living in a small and primarily white town in rural Texas, wrote she was “profoundly influenced” by Selena and her music.
“One of my dearest childhood memories is of my mom and I belting “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” and “Techno Cumbia” in the family van during our annual road trips to Mexico. I even sang Selena classics in talent shows across northeast Texas,” Camps wrote. “Watching her showed me that this hybrid cultural identity of mine was a valuable gift I should embrace. Watching her made me proud of being Mexicana.”