Before Selena Quintanilla‘s historic performance at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo 25 years ago, most Americans had never even heard of this venue. Selena performed at this Houston Rodeo venue three times in her career, including in 1993, 1994, and 1995. It was her last performance there on February 26, 1995, in which Selena wore that legendary purple sparkly jumpsuit that will live on in our memories forever. So, it’s very fitting that the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo inducted Selena with a Star Trail of Fame.
The ceremony took place yesterday, and Selena’s sister, Suzette, and her brother, A.B., were there to receive the honor. Joe Crowley, the president and CEO of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, spoke glowingly of Selena at the induction ceremony. Crowley read the words on the plaque during the press conference, which said that Selena was one of the most important Mexican-American artists of our time. The plaque award also called Selena an icon who will forever be remembered.
Just like her show at the Rodeo made history, her induction at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Star Trail of Fame, is also just as historic. Selena is the first Latina to be part of the Star Trail of Fame and only the second woman alongside Reba McEntire. Other artists featured on the Star Trail of Fame include Elvis, Brooks and Dunn, and George Strait.
“The images and sounds of that iconic performance are etched in my memory and collective conscience of her millions of fans,” Crowley said before presenting a replica of the Star Trail of Fame to Suzette and A.B.
“What a great honor it is not just as an entertainer but as the first Latina to be inducted into this hall of fame,” Suzette said.
The induction ceremony also happened to fall on a monumental day. Yesterday it was International Women’s Day and Go Tejano Day.
Most fans were elated that Selena was finally recognized with this honor, although some were displeased that her widow, Chris Perez was missing from this recognition.
In honor of this excellent inclusion, we have to include this clip of Selena performing at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. What an unforgettable concert it must have been to the concertgoers who were actually there that night.
Most recently, the venue has gotten a slew of attention because so many musical artists have also performed there and paid tribute to Selena as well. It’s so wonderful to see this spirit of Houston and this venue continues to live on in Selena’s memory and in new performances today.