Cardi B Paid Tribute to Selena Before Her Record-Breaking Performance at the Houston Rodeo
Cardi B has always repped her Latinx heritage loudly and proudly, including supporting and collaborating with fellow Latinx artists like Bad Bunny and Bruno Mars. On Friday, she took the Latinx love even further by taking to social media to pay tribute to the Queen of Tejano music herself: Selena Quintanilla.
As we previously reported, Cardi B was chosen to perform at the famous Houston Livestock and Rodeo Show–otherwise known as the biggest rodeo in the world. In line with her heretofore history-making career, Cardi B broke further boundaries by smashing the rodeo’s previous attendance record and playing to a massive audience of 75,580 people.
Before hitting the stage, Cardi took to social media to share with fans how nervous she was to perform in front of such a large audience.
Wearing a very fitting sparkly pink cowgirl outfit, Cardi stood in front of a picture of Selena, also dressed in a western-style outfit, and addressed her 41 millions followers.
“I was so nervous to perform in front of 70,000-plus people, but when I saw this picture,” Cardi said, pointing to the photo of Selena wearing her signature bustier and an off-the-shoulder leather jacket, “…I knew I was gonna be alright.”
According to Cardi, the outfit Selena was wearing in the photo was the style inspiration for her recent “Please Me” music video.
In her “Please Me” music video, Cardi B wears a very similar purple bedazzled Western-style leather jacket and matching bustier along with corn-rowed hair stacked with gold beads, effectively repping both sides of her Afro-Latina heritage.
Cardi continued to stan for Selena by singing along with a recording of “Como La Flor” that was playing in the background, including turning and serenading the picture of Selena on the wall.
Naturally, the collision of so much Latina magic in one post had Latina Twitter on Fire.
It’s always heartwarming to see Latina artists support each other, so the fact that Cardi B took time to acknowledge Selena’s influence on her own career is not lost on the Latinx community.
This Latina was happy to see Selena’s legacy live on today.
It really makes me so happy to see the impact that Selena has had in so many people and specially in artists like you who had been inspired by her. It’s so beautiful to see how after all this time Selena’s legacy is more alive than ever. Thank you for this and congratulations. 💜
— Selena ♡ (@selenabidibom) March 3, 2019
It’s almost as if Selena’s presence was there with Cardi for her performance
Some fantasized over what could have been if Selena was still alive to team up with Cardi
Don’t mind me. I’m just in my whole feelings thinking of what could’ve been if you and Selena ever collabed *waves fist at air*
— Adi Fink (@adilala89) March 2, 2019
We can just imagine the chart-topping ear-worms two talented Latinas like this could come up with.
And of course, some Latinas got emotional at the memory of Selena, who’s life and career was so tragically cut short
Cardi singing to Selena’s photo…😭😭😭
— Sara Toussaint (@SaraToussaint) March 2, 2019
You did not have to make me cry like this
— Lolana🇩🇴🇵🇷 (@LolanaNirvana) March 3, 2019
Latinas will always have a soft spot in their heart for Selena. It doesn’t take much to get teary-eyed when thinking about her.
After hearing Cardi’s short rendition of “Como La Flor”, some fans were asking for a cover
Two reinas together. We need a Selena cover, Cardi!! The people need it.
— Elizabeth Gutiérrez Mata (@astrochicana) March 2, 2019
Who wouldn’t love our current Latina queen flexing her vocal muscles and giving us a rendition of one of Selena’s numerous legendary songs?
We hope Cardi continues to slay her goals and uplift the Latinx community as her career continues to soar.