Jennifer Lopez Pays Tribute to Selena on the 20-Year Anniversary of Her Death
Jennifer Lopez took time during a Q&A with Billboard to honor late Tejano pop singer Selena on the twentieth anniversary of her death. Jennifer is most famously attached to Selena after portraying her in the 1997 biopic, "Selena", which ultimately put J.Lo on the map.
When asked about why she feels Selena is still so beloved after all these years, Jennifer responded: "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 has always bugged me that people would try to think that there's a "next Selena." It's like saying there's another James Dean or Marilyn Monroe. People like that don't come along every day. There is never going to be another Selena," she continued. "And as far as music goes, that's what's beautiful about artistry. Somebody is going to come along and move the world in a different way. There was Celia Cruz, there's Gloria Estefan. I'm still around. Marc Anthony is an iconic Latin artist, Ricky Martin. But it's not something that happens all the time. It's a special thing that Selena had. That's why we're still talking about her 20 years later."
On March 31, 1995, Selena was shot and killed by the former president of her fan club (now serving a life sentence) at the age of 23, two weeks before her birthday. Now 20 years after her death, Selena has continued to leave a permanent imprint on the history of pop and Tejano music.