Why Was Selena’s 2021 Grammys Tribute So Short?
On Sunday (March 14), the Tejano and pop star, who died in 1995, was a recipient of the 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy alongside Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Lionel Hampton, Marilyn Horne, Salt-N-Pepa and Talking Heads.
The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes musicians who have made creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording.
The winners were featured during the four-hour live broadcast with a quick still photo that aired on-screen for just a few seconds, upsetting fans who anticipated a longer and more heartfelt tribute to their favorite artists.
The Recording Academy had not promised or advertised a longer or more extensive tribute to any of the Lifetime Achievement Award winners, so the briefness of the moment was unfortunately not unusual, as they don’t typically devote time in the telecast to honor the winners of this category.
However, Quintanilla's widower, guitarist Chris Perez, as well as Texas congressman Joaquin Castro, seemed to be under the impression that there would be a bigger honor for the “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” singer during the Grammys.
"Lifetime Achievement Award! To say that I'm proud of all that Selena represents and so proud of her accomplishments would be a HUGE understatement," Perez wrote on Facebook prior to the awards show. "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!"
During the show, Castro tweeted in confusion.
Disappointed with the tribute, the congressman added, “I can’t say I blame @theweeknd for his stance on the Grammys.”
Quintanilla won the Grammy for best Mexican/Mexican American album for Live! in 1994, marking the first time a female Tejano artist won in the category.
See fans reactions to the lackluster tribute, below.