This year has been rough. However, the one bright spot on 2016 is the fact that Selena Quintanilla has been honored time and time and time and time again. There really is no other way to say this other than that 2016 was definitely the year of La Reina.
Corpus Christi honored the queen of Tejano with her very own buses.
— Frank (@latingent66) October 24, 2016
On April 18, the Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority debuted two buses with special wraps with Selena’s image. The wraps were designed by the Iconic Sign Group with the guidance of the Quintanilla family and CCTRA and were donated to that community.
“I hope everyone here in our city and all those who are visiting will look at the buses and benches with a smile on their face and a sense of pride knowing Selena was one of their own”, Suzette Quintanilla Arriaga said in a press release.
It was officially announced that Selena would finally be getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Video announcing the Class of 2017 for the #HollywoodWalkOfFame in the recording category.
Posted by LoveSelena.com on Tuesday, June 28, 2016
“The Committee looked carefully at each nominee and we feel that we have selected a great group of talent that will appeal to the tastes of many fans around the world,” director and producer Vin Di Bona announced on June 28. The news left many Selena fans saying finally!
Madame Tussauds gave the late singer a nod by unveiling a Selena figure at their Hollywood location.
And they totally nailed it.
Twenty-one years after her death, Selena’s dream of having a makeup line came true.
— denise✨ (@whtvrdenise) September 30, 2016
The line was launched to much fanfare with sites crashing and places selling out faster than they could process orders. The demand was so great that MAC recently announced that they are going to be providing more product just after Christmas. The different colors were named after her greatest hits, obvi.
Selena’s newfound popularity was the source of so many Halloween costumes.
With just 50 cents my mom spent days & nights working hard to make my sisters Halloween costume. She's Selena Quintanilla. pic.twitter.com/vbpFjq7RIo
— Noel Escobar (@Noelskeez) October 30, 2016
Selena was part of the newly inducted class of the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame.
“I am honored to welcome these five extraordinary women into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame,” Governor Greg Abbott said in a press release. “Whether in public service, the arts, business or education, these leaders have inspired generations of Texans to reach new heights, achieve new goals and elevate the Lone Star State. I would like to thank each of the honorees and their families for their enduring contributions to the State of Texas.”
And, of course, there have been so many covers of Selena that it was hard to keep count.
Play-N-Skillz covered “Si Una Vez.” JoJo (yes, that JoJo) gave a Corpus Christi crowd a wonderful rendition of “Dreaming Of You.” But, the most iconic would probably have to be Elia Esparza’s cover of “Como La Flor” on “The Voice.”