In 1995, two weeks after the death of Mexican-American icon, Selena Quintanilla, George W. Bush declared April 16, the singer’s birthday Selena Day. To celebrate the day, we’re looking back at the Tejano vocalists, most beloved performances of her time.
Her powerful performance on “The Johnny Canales Show.”
Throughout her singing career Selena made various performances on “The Johnny Canales Show.” In fact, Selena made one of her first live performances on the show when she was thirteen years old. This particular performance from 1994 is a reminder that the singer had so much control and power over her own voice. But also, that she passionate she was about her music as well. Her emotions, expressions and even the way she moves across the stage during this performance translates the story of her song to those watching so well, even today. Of course, it’s impossible to not let out all of the sighs with every turn she pulls in her iconic ruffle outfit.
Selena wears an iconic look on “¡En Vivo!”
With her skin glowing, Selena belted her way through one of her most loved songs on “¡En Vivo!” Singing about new love and the feelings that come with it, Selena danced and sang to “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” in one of her signature leather outfits. One of Selena’s other leather jackets is held at the National Museum of American History located in Washington D.C.
Selena does denim on denim and an epic cover.
Fans attending Selena’s concerts were often gifted with surprise covers of classic songs from the singer at her concerts. In one of her live concerts, during a time in which she wore her hair cropped, Selena excited fans when she decided to do a cover of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean.” Oh yeah, and that Canadian tuxedo look you’ve been sporting these days? Next time you need inspiration you can always look to Selenas.
The time she stole an entire awards show.
For the Premios Lo Nuestro awards in 1994, Selena sang her hit song “Amor Prohibido” from her fourth studio album of the same name. The cumbia dance-pop song topped the United States Billboard Hot Latin Songs charts for nine straight weeks and became the most successful US Latin single of that same year.
The Queen of Tejano Music was only 20 years old when she commanded a stage and sang “Baila Esta Cumbia” on the show “Bailando.” Wearing a trucker hat and a bustier the singer danced to the song that helped the singer and her band gain attention from cumbia radio stations.
The final performance.
There’s no doubting that Selena’s last concert is widely considered to be her very best. The songstress’s last performance took place a little less than a month before her death and took place at the Houston Astrodome in Texas on February 26, 1995. Thousands of her fans attended the live concert and watched as Selena performed some of her most beloved melodies including “Como La Flor.” The concert also saw her cover songs like “I Will Survive and “Last Dance.” The concert was also the first and final time that the singer wore her iconic purple jumpsuit.