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EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – Selena will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2021 Grammy Awards in January.
The late singer’s official Twitter account posted a quote in her honor right after the announcement: “The goal is not to live forever, but to create something that will.”
The Queen of Tejano, whose full name was Selena Quintanilla, was selected as the recipient of the Recording Academy Award to recognize her outstanding achievements in the music industry.
Selena became a household name shortly after her career took off in the 1980s. Her 1993 album, “Live,” won the award for Best Mexican-American Album at the 36th Annual GRAMMY Awards, marking the first time that a female artist from Tejano won the category. Although her life was tragically cut short in 1995, Selena’s posthumously released crossover album “Dreaming of You” sold 175,000 copies on the day of release, a record at the time for a singer.
“As we welcome the new class of Special Merit Award winners, this gives us the opportunity to reward and recognize the influence they have had in the music community, regardless of genre,” said Harvey Mason Jr., Acting President / CEO of the Recording Academy.
Other Lifetime Achievement Award winners included Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, Lionel Hampton, Marilyn Horne, Salt-N-Pepa and Talking Heads.
Given the challenges imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, more details on the special awards event will be announced at a later date.
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