Watch: Jennifer Lopez’s Emotional Selena Tribute at 2015 Latin Billboard Awards
Jennifer Lopez and Selena‘s band Los Dinos honored the slain pop icon with a nostalgic performance at the 2015 Latin Billboard Awards on Thursday night.
She took the stage with Los Dinos members past and present: Selena’s sister Suzette Quintanilla, brother A.B. Quintanilla, keyboardist Ricky Vela and husband Chris Pérez.
They ran through a medley of the trailblazing singer’s biggest hits “Como La Flor,” “Bidi, Bidi, Bom, Bom,” “Amor Prohibido,” (where I began crying), “I Could Fall in Love,” and “No Me Queda Mas” with a mariachi sextet.
Lopez, who made seamless wardrobe changes throughout the performance, told Billboard earlier this month: “People like that don’t come along every day. There is never going to be another Selena.”
Before her murder on March 31, 1995, Selena was one of the top Latin artists and top selling artists of the 1990s.
She released five studio albums, and one live recording, Live! (1993), which won Best Mexican/American Album at the 1994 Grammy Awards, becoming the first recording by a Tejano artist to do so.
As of 2012, Selena has sold over 60 million albums worldwide.
J. Lo portrayed the “Queen of Tejano music” in the 1997 biopic Selena, a film that catapulted her career and continues to connect longtime fans of Selena with new ones.
“The fact that she was so young and doing all of these things that people go through that maybe she wasn’t ready for. The clothing line she was starting, getting married so young, things like that,” Lopez said. “I felt she had a sense to live in the moment, that you’re not promised tomorrow. For me that was the biggest lesson. That affected me in my life far more profoundly than the movie did in career terms.”
In April 2015, it was announced that a Selena hologram will embark on a tour in 2018.
Enjoy the beautiful 2015 Latin Billboard performance below.