This is nothing short of a miracle. It’s been more than two decades since Selena Quintanilla was senselessly murdered when she was only 23 years old. And while fans have long dealt with the fact that we sadly saw the last of the iconic singer when she died in 1995, fans are getting another glimpse at the late singer, thanks to a never-before-seen interview that recently resurfaced.
In the 1994 video — which was discovered after a TV camera was donated to the Smithsonian by Univision, the parent company of a local news station in San Antonio who conducted the interview — the singer talks about winning her first Grammy award for Best/American Album for her album, Selena Live. “When they first told us that we were nominated, we all freaked out,” she tells the camera in the new footage. “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 until later, like, when I thought, ‘Oh my god. What if we win?’”
She continues, “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!”
Selena made history when she took home her first Grammy as the first female Tejano artist to take home the award. About two years after that fateful night, Selena tragically met her demise when she was murdered by the president of her fan club on March 31, 1995.
There’s no denying that the legacy left by the iconic singer lives on — and the emotional, new interview almost seems prophetic and even more emotional in light of her horrific death more than 22 years ago. “We’re just so happy about what’s happened,” she says. “So many good things have been happening since we won the awards. It’s been great.”