In 1995, fans all over the world mourned the loss of a rising star who made Tejano music more mainstream.
Selena Quintanilla was only 23 when she was murdered by her fan club president.
And on Friday the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History released a recently unearthed video of the beauty that has not aired for decades.
The Smithsonian discovered the interview on a TV camera donated by Univision, the parent company of San Antonio’s KWEX-TV.
The enchanting clip was filmed in 1994, a year before she died from a fatal gunshot wound.
She was being interviewed by TV program Tejano USA.
Selena, whose hit songs included ‘I Could Fall In Love’ gushed about winning her first Grammy Award.
‘When they first told us that we were nominated, we all freaked out,’ the singer said.
‘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?”‘
The singer is truly captivating in the interview as she smiles widely in a white crop top.
“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!” she said.
“We’re just so happy about what’s happened. So many good things have been happening since we won the awards. It’s been great.”
The ‘Bidi Bidi Bom Bom’ singer also talked working on the Televisa soap opera, Dos Mujeres, Un Camino.
Selena was on the verge of becoming a huge international star when she was gunned down by her fan club president Yolanda Saldívar who is still in prison.
Jennifer Lopez who played Selena in the 1997 movie told Billboard: “The grace with which she handled the business, the grace with which she handled her life, the humor.”
“Her spirit of loving what she did. Her sense of family.”
“That’s the tragedy of everything that happened and why she left such an imprint — because she was gone way too soon.”