On February 26, 1995, just a month before her death, Tejano legend Selena Quintanilla-Pérez performed at Rodeo Houston to a crowd of more than 61,000. On Sunday afternoon, she’ll be inducted Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s Star Trail of Fame.
The cultural icon is the second woman, first Latina, and ninth overall celebrity to receive this honor. Others featured on the Star Trail of Fame, located on the second floor of NRG Center, include Gene Autry, George Strait, and Reba McEntire.
Selena performed at RodeoHouston each year from 1993 to 1995. At her final show, which still holds the all-time attendance record for any rodeo performer, she wore her now-iconic purple jumpsuit, and performed a 13-song set that included “Bidi bidi bom bom” and “Amor prohibido.” A month later, the 23-year-old singer was killed.
Now, nearly 25 years after her death, Selena’s legacy lives on. In 2017, she was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and last year, a bill was introduced that would designate April 16, the singer’s birthday, as “Selena Quintanilla-Pérez Day” in Texas.
Over the years, several RodeoHouston performers have paid tribute to the Queen of Tejano, including Becky G, who belted out two of Selena’s greatest hits during her show on Thursday, and Kacey Musgraves, who opened her rodeo performance last year with a rendition of “Como la flor.”
The Rodeo Houston ceremony will be at 1 p.m. March 8 in NRG Center, 1 NRG Park.