Twenty-two years after her passing, music-sensation Selena Quintanilla-Pérez has received a star on the prestigious Hollywood Walk of Fame. The momentous ceremony, which occurred Friday, November 3 on Hollywood Boulevard, saw hundreds of the late singer’s fans lining the street, as well as famous faces ready to pay tribute. Celebrities like Eva Longoria and Edward James Olmos (who portrayed Selena’s father Abraham in the 1997 biopic on her life) were present, along with L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti. “Selena was an angel,” the mayor said before the crowd. “While she was taken from us way too early, we now have something permanent that generation after generation after generation can see in the most famous neighborhood anywhere in the world.”
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Eva Longoria and L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti attended Selena Quintanilla's posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony Photo: David Livingston/Getty Images
Eva Longoria also spoke about the fellow Texan talent, saying, “It’s beyond humbling to stand here on behalf of a person that I myself owe so much to.” Tearing up, the actress can be seen on Variety’s live-stream of the event, saying: “I promised myself I wasn’t going to cry. Because, as Eric said, this star isn’t only for Selena. It’s for every Latina who’s out there, who has ever had a dream. Growing up there was no reflection of me anywhere, not on TV, not in movies, not in music, and it was as if someone like me didn’t exist in American mainstream.”
Eva Longoria, Eric Garcetti, Victor Gonzalez, Suzette Quintanilla, and Leron Gubler honored the late Selena Quintanilla on November 3 in Hollywood, California Photo: Tommaso Boddi/WireImage
“That all changed when a bright, young singer named Selena came and changed the landscape of music entertainment,” The 42-year-old actress continued. Selena’s family, including: her father, sister Suzette, brother A.B., and her widower Chris Pérez, were also in attendance. Suzette helped with the preparation of her sister’s deserved star, and later spoke as she accepted the award in honor of her and the family.
Suzette Quintanilla spoke beautifully on behalf of her sister Selena Quintanilla at The Hollywood Walk Of Fame ceremony Photo: Tommaso Boddi/WireImage
“I feel like we’ve crossed different generations. We’re now in a whole new generation of millennials and I’m very grateful on behalf of my family and myself for them embracing her and finding her,” Suzette said. “I want to keep this short and sweet. I want to thank my parents, especially my father for having that vision and being able to guide us throughout our whole career and for teaching us that we can succeed as long as we put in hard work. I hope that sets the example for all of our youth that’s out there.”
Selena's husband an musician Chris Pérez placed white flowers on the star's new plaque Photo: David Livingston/Getty Images
“I think Selena said it best, ‘The impossible is possible.'” she continued to say. “I’ll leave you with this, Selena said, ‘The goal isn’t to live forever, but to create something that will.’ And I think tonight is a perfect testament of that.” In a touching moment, Selena’s husband Chris laid white roses, her favorite flower, over her star. He had also stopped by the concealed star on Thursday night ahead of the ceremony, sharing a photo on Instagram. Along with it he wrote: “Had to stop by, give a kiss, and say, “I’ll see you tomorrow.”
The Hollywood Walk of Fame star is yet another major moment of what’s been a very busy year for the deceased singer’s legacy. A MAC Cosmetics line, inspired by her signature looks, was released this fall. The “Queen of Tejano music” was tragically murdered in a motel in her hometown of Corpus Christi, Texas, in 1995.