On October 17, 1989, the Queen of Tejano music, Selena Quintanilla, released her debut album, Selena. Google has posted an illustrated video backed by Selena’s hit single “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” celebrating the life and career of the cross-over icon. The idea of creating a tribute like this came two years ago from Global Marketing Lead for Google Doodle, Perla Campos. Campos, who also grew up in Texas in a Mexican family, looked up to Quintanilla as a young girl as someone she could relate to. The doodle became a passion project for Campos who was set on getting it right. Selena’s sister, Suzette, also helped to bring the project to fruition. The doodle video is featured on Google’s homepage in many countries, including the United States, Mexico, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Bolivia, and Ecuador.
Quintanilla’s debut album helped her build momentum, resulting in the beloved artist’s cross-over success. Her music opened a window into the Mexican-American culture, and she has been credited as being the artist that redefined Latin music. Quintanilla released five albums before her tragic death in 1995. Since then, she has been honored and inducted into the Billboard Latin Music Hall of Fame, the South Texas Music Hall of Fame, and in 2001 she was inducted into the Tejano Music Hall of Fame.