Memorialized in music and film, Mexican-American Tejano music singer Selena was the first Latina to become an American pop icon. Selena was poised to cross into the lucrative English language pop music market, but tragedy abruptly ended her bright career.
Her untimely death gave her legendary status in the United States and Mexico. She is considered one of the most popular and influential Latino musicians.
Selena is credited with helping open the door to the American mainstream for Latin artists, and was instrumental in launching the career of Jennifer Lopez.