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New Kids On The Block Honor Selena In Corpus Christi With Her Sister In Attendance

New Kids on the Block (NKOTB) are currently on a national tour that included a stop in Corpus Christi, Texas. As has been seen with artists visiting Texas in the past, the ’90s duo paid tribute to Selena Quintanilla in the late icon’s hometown. When NKOTB hit the stage at the American Bank Center on Monday, the boy band paid tribute by dancing to Selena’s hit “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom.” The reaction from fans on social media has praised the group for paying tribute to the Queen of Tejano music.

Here’s how the band paid tribute to the late Tejano singer. Don’t worry. They didn’t sing.

After singing their song “Deep in the Heart of Texas,” frontman Donnie Walhberg addressed the crowd. He told the audience to point their fingers in the sky and sing along with them.

“Not only are we deep in the heart of Texas tonight,” Walhberg said. “We are deep in the heart of Corpus Christi, home of a fallen angel from this amazing city. Let’s sing this one for her.”

Shortly after the speech, “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” played and the audience went crazy to the tribute. The late singer’s face can be seen in the background as the group danced and celebrated Selena’s legacy and life. The group even brought a surprised fan onstage to lead the song.

Unknowingly, Selena’s family was actually in the front row.

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“I’m sitting there and he’s doing this country song,” Suzette told KIII 3 News. “I just looked at my friend Daniel and I said, ‘Hey D, wouldn’t it be cool if he just kicked into Selena’s song’ and not even 30 seconds later I heard the intro to ‘Bidi Bid Bom Bom’ and I was like ‘what?’”

Wahlberg took to Instagram to reflect on the special moment with a photo of himself hugging Suzette.

“When you play a concert in Corpus Christi Texas and you do a tribute to an angel — Selena — without even knowing that her wonderful sister Suzette @suzettesyld — an angel herself — is standing in the front row,” Wahlberg wrote in a post on Instagram. “Then you see her in the front row and time literally stops! I am so humbled by this moment. So blessed to have been a part of this moment. So overwhelmed to see the love and respect that this amazing family rightfully gets in their hometown! Much love and respect to A.B. and Suzette! #RIPSelena”

Fans took to social media to show their appreciation for the tribute.

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It’s become somewhat of a rite of passage for artists to pay tribute to Selena when coming through Corpus Christi. NKOTB did the Queen of Tejano music justice with their tribute and fans appreciated the sentiment.

Social media is proof you can’t please everyone as some weren’t too fond of the tribute.

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This fan defended the group’s Selena tribute and pointed out they weren’t doing the cover for anything but appreciation. You can’t please everyone that’s a given when it comes to covering a legend like Selena.

It’s not every day you see a Selena tribute in her hometown. It’s a moment many wish they were a part of.

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The duo was at their height at the same time Selena first burst onto the scene in the ’90s. So having a tribute like this was personal to them and fans who probably grew up listening to both.

Many fans wished they got to see this tribute in person and who can blame them. It’s safe to say this won’t be the last Selena tribute we see in her hometown. Let’s just hope it’s done in good taste and justice to the Queen.

READ: Kacey Musgraves ‘Princess Of Selena Dedications’ Takes A Shot Of Tequila In A Glass Slipper Onstage

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Selena Gomez Releases New Spanish-Language Single ‘De Una Vez’ and Teases Full Spanish Album: ‘I’m Targeting My Heritage’

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Selena Gomez Releases New Spanish-Language Single ‘De Una Vez’ and Teases Full Spanish Album: ‘I’m Targeting My Heritage’

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Good news, Selenators! Word on the street is that Selena Gomez will soon be dropping her first-ever Spanish language album. The rumors started after Gomez dropped a surprising (and beautiful!) new Spanish-language single, “De Una Vez”.

Soon after the single dropped, rumors of a full Spanish-language studio album began to swirl when murals promoting “De Una Vez” and a yet-unreleased single “Baila Conmigo” popped up across, Mexico.

To make matters even better, Selena already dropped “De Una Vez”‘s music video.

The lush and imaginative video has been garnering praise for its inclusion of Latin American visuals and symbols. Gomez hired Tania Verduzco and Adrian Perez to direct her video–a husband and wife team who hail from Mexico and Spain, respectively and go by the moniker Los Pérez.

Of hiring Spanish speakers to direct her video, Gomez revealed to Vogue online that the decision was intentional. “If I was going to completely immerse myself into a project inspired by Latin culture, I wanted to work with native Spanish speaking creators,” she said.

And indeed, Verduzco and Perez tried to infuse as much Latin spirit into the video’s conception as possible.

“Magical realism has always been part of the Latin culture, whether it be in art or telenovelas,” Gomez told Vogue. “I wanted [to capture] that sense of a supernatural world.”

They accomplished this sense of magical realism by utilizing motifs from Mexican folk art, like Milagro, which is symbolized by the glowing heart that is beating within Gomez’s chest throughout the video.

“We wanted to play with powerful language and images. We designed the heart—we call it the Milagro in Mexican culture—and its light to be a metaphor for the healing throughout the story,” Verduzco told Vogue.

Selena Gomez fans are especially excited about this project because Gomez has long hinted at her desire to release a Spanish-language album.

Back in 2011, Gomez tweeted about her plans to eventually record an entire album in Spanish. “Can’t wait for y’all to hear the Spanish record;) it’s sounding so cool,” she wrote.

She retweeted the sentiment on Thursday with the comment: “I think it will be worth the wait”–which many fans took as confirmation that a full studio album is on its way.

It’s worth noting that Gomez has already dipped her toe into the Latin music scene with 2010’s “Un Año Sin Lluvia” and 2018’s DJ Snake, Ozuna and Cardi B collab, “Taki Taki”.

As for the difficulty of recording songs in a second language, Gomez said that it was a practice that came naturally.

“I actually think I sing better in Spanish. That was something I discovered,” she said in an interview for Apple Music. “It was a lot of work, and look, you cannot mispronounce anything. It is something that needed to be precise, and needed to be respected by the audience I’m going to release this for.”

She continued: “Of course I want everyone to enjoy the music, but I am targeting my fan base. I’m targeting my heritage, and I couldn’t be more excited.”

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Selena’s Family Says They’re Ready For The Grammys And They’ll Accept The Award For Her

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Selena’s Family Says They’re Ready For The Grammys And They’ll Accept The Award For Her

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Recently, it was announced that this year’s Grammy Awards were postponed until March thanks to the Coronavirus pandemic. The news disappointed many Selena fans who were excited to see her posthumously awarded a lifetime achievement award.

However, her family has reiterated their intent to collect the award on Selena’s behalf, with her brother telling TMZ that they plan to make a family affair out of it.

Selena’s brother A.B. says the family is ready to accept her posthumous Grammy.

Selena’s older broth, A.B. Quintanilla recently spoke to TMZ about the family accepting Selena’s latest Grammy on her behalf. He said with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Selena’s parents will most likely stay home and that he and his sister Suzette Quintanilla will be in attendance if there’s an in-person ceremony.

“Coming on the end of [the pandemic], I would say that it’s not safe for my mother and father,” A.B. said. “They probably would be staying in.”

The Academy recently announced that the award show would be a smaller, virtual event taking place in March. But that’s no issue according to A.B. He said that he’s got grand plans to turn his sister’s award into a family affair and that they’ve got their popcorn ready.

He also says it feels like Selena’s still here whenever she wins an award or sets new records, even though it’s been a quarter-century since she was murdered.

“It’s kind of bittersweet because she’s breaking these records and she’s doing wonderful things but unfortunately she’s not here,” he admits. “It’s strange how people in their mindset, and even with me sometimes, it feels like she is here…I’m just happy to have been a part of it and that people are still enjoying the beautiful art that made because those pieces that Selena made, in the music world, those are van Gogh’s.”

A.B. also spoke about Netflix’s Selena: The Series, which debuted last month.

He said the series sheds more light on how their family played a part in Selena’s success. A.B. was Selena’s primary producer and songwriter and Suzette was the drummer in her band.

It would be great to see the whole family [accept Selena’s award],” A.B. said. “As people are seeing in the series, this was a family effort. A lot of people are in shock going, ‘Whoa A.B.! We didn’t know you were the guy that wrote the hits and you wrote the music and you had so much pressure on you.’ I’m very grateful for the series and for people learning from the series.”

The Grammy will not be Selena’s first.

In 1994, she became the first female Tejano singer to win in the Best Mexican-American Album category. During her award acceptance speech, Selena thanked her family. Her brother and sister helped to write, produce, and also played instruments on the album. Selena’s father Abraham worked as her manager.

Selena was nominated after her first Grammy win in 1995 for her fourth studio album, Amor Prohibido. Though she did not win the award, was thankful to be thought of in such high regard. She told a reporter at the time, “Just to be around these artists who are considered to be heavyweights is an honor.”

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