Jennifer Lopez to perform Selena tribute at Billboard Latin Music Awards honoring 20th anniversary of singer’s death

BY    NY Daily News 


Jennifer Lopez will channel Selena Quintanilla once more.

The 45-year-old singer-actress, who starred as the late “Queen of Tejano” in the 1997 biopic, will pay homage to her again in a musical tribute at the Billboard Latin Music Awards, airing live on Telemundo on April 30, reports Billboard.

“People like that don’t come along every day,” Lopez told Billboard in a recent interview about the 20th anniversary of Selena’s death on March 31.

“There is never going to be another Selena,” she continued. “The grace with which she handled the business, the grace with which she handled her life, the humor. Her spirit of loving what she did. Her sense of family. That’s the tragedy of everything that happened and why she left such an imprint — because she was gone way too soon.”

“It’s just like her song says, ‘photographs and memories,'” the legendary singer’s father, Abraham Quintanilla III, told the New York Daily News’ Viva on March 31, referring to his daughter’s song “Fotos Y Recuerdos.”

“Death is a very painful situation for humans and especially if it’s your child,” he continued. “The remembrance and the pain will always be there. You just learn to live with it and life goes on.”

Selena, shown in November 1994, was murdered 20 years ago on March 31.GEORGE GONGORA/APEnlarge

Jennifer Lopez (l.) played the late singer Selena Quintanilla (r.), in the 1997 biopic. She will honor Selena once more with a tribute at the Billboard Latin Music Awards on April 30.

Selena fans can now anticipate the Latin pop icon being immortalized through a hologram called “Selena The One,” which is currently being created.

“Acrovirt LLC announced the launch of Selena The One, the development of a walking, talking, singing and dancing digital embodiment of the iconic singer Selena,” her family revealed via Selena’s Facebook fan page April 7, one week after the anniversary of her death.

“‘Selena The One’ will release new songs and videos, will collaborate with current hit artists, and aims to go on tour in 2018,” the announced said.

Selena was 23 when she was shot and killed by her fan club president, Yolanda Sadívar, on March 31, 1995 after Selena questioned her about embezzling money.

“Selena was so full of life,” her dad told Viva. “She was a happy person and loved what she was doing. She enjoyed her career and marriage and all of that was cut short.”

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