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WATCH: Rare Footage of Selena Quintanilla Is Discovered After 23 Years

People logo People 10/6/2017 Steve Helling

Footage of the late Selena Quintanilla has emerged after more than two decades, and has been digitized by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

“When they first told us that we were nominated, we all freaked out,” the singer says in the interview. “We couldn’t believe it. The first thing, I promise, the first thing that came to mind is, like, ‘I have to take a camera, so I can take pictures with all of these stars.’ It didn’t hit me later until, like, when I thought, ‘Oh my God. What if we win?’ ”


“We went out there and they didn’t let me take my camera in, that’s one of the things. I didn’t get to take pictures until afterward. We were sitting there, when they announced, I had this huge knot in my stomach, I was so nervous. And then they announced the winner!”

Quintailla was just 23 years old when she was murdered by her fan club president in 1995. Music historians believe that she was on the cusp of superstardom.


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