New Kids On The Block honored late Tejano icon Selena during their Mixtape Tour stop in Corpus Christi, Texas on Monday night.
In videos posted to social media, the boy band sang along with the song “Deep In The Heart of Texas” during their show, then NKOTB member Donnie Wahlberg told the crowd to point one finger to the sky.
“Not only are we deep in the heart of Texas tonight,” he said. “We are deep in the heart of Corpus Christi, home of a fallen angel from this amazing city. Let’s sing this one for her.”
“Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” by Selena began to play as members of NKOTB started to dance and brought a fan on stage to sing along with the hit song from 1994.
NKOTB Selena Tribute
The tribute was witnessed by Selena’s sister, Suzette Quintanilla, who was in attendance at the concert.
“I’m sitting there and he’s doing this country song,” Suzette told Corpus Christi TV station KIII 3 News. “I just looked at my friend Daniel and I said, ‘Hey D, wouldn’t it be cool if he just kicked into Selena’s song’ and not even 30 seconds later I heard the intro to ‘Bidi Bid Bom Bom’ and I was like ‘what?’.”
KIII 3 News Report on NKOTB Selena Tribute
Wahlberg posted about the experience on his Instagram page, “When you play a concert in Corpus Christi Texas and you do a tribute to an angel — Selena — without even knowing that her wonderful sister Suzette — an angel herself — is standing in the front row. Then you see her in the front row and time literally stops! I am so humbled by this moment. So blessed to have been a part of this moment. So overwhelmed to see the love and respect that this amazing family rightfully gets in their hometown!”
It seems these days if a singer is performing in Texas, you have to pay tribute to the Queen of Cumbia, Selena. Earlier this year, Country star Kacey Musgraves, Latin singer Prince Royce, and pop star Camila Cabello also paid tribute to the Selena during their performances at RodeoHouston. Rapper Cardi B sang “Como La Flor” backstage after her rodeo performance.
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