Fans of the late Selena Quintanilla-Pérez were unhappy with the way she was honored Sunday night (March 15) at the 2021 Grammys. While the Queen of Tejano was recognized posthumously with the Lifetime Achievement Award, viewers were disappointed that the award didn’t come with a video tribute.
Unfortunately, all the screen time Selena received was a couple of seconds of an image of her holding the Grammy she won in 1994.
Selena won for Best Mexican American album for Live! It was the first time a Tejano artist won the award in the category.
Along with Selena, other recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award this year were Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, Lionel Hampton, Marilyn Horne, Salt-N-Pepa and Talking Heads.
According to the Recording Academy’s description of the Lifetime Achievement Award, the award “celebrates performers who have made outstanding contributions of artistic significance to the field of recording.”
Selena’s widow, Chris Perez, posted his own sweet tribute to his late wife on his Instagram page Sunday before the awards show.
“To say that I’m proud of all that Selena represents and so proud of her accomplishments would be a HUGE understatement,” Perez wrote. “Special thanks to the Grammy organization and especially all of you (her fans) that continue to listen, watch, and support all the amazing things she left behind for us to treasure. I’ll be watching the awards tonight with the biggest smile on my face…just knowing that she’d be so honored… AND HAPPY!”
Still, fans wondered if maybe they had missed the tribute.