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A.B. Quintanilla calls Grammy lifetime achievement award for Selena ‘bittersweet’

The family of the late Queen of Cumbia hopes to accept the posthumous award on her behalf.

Selena is one of six acts to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2021 Grammy Awards. The award recognizes performers who have “made outstanding contributions of artistic significance to the field of recording.”


The Quintanilla family is happy about Selena’s honor. The legacy of the late “Queen of Cumbia” continues to live on through her music. While her family remains sad that Selena is no longer physically here, they are thankful that her name is kept alive.

In a recent interview with TMZ, Selena’s brother A.B. Quintanilla III says he hopes the entire family will accept the award on her behalf. 

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“It would be great to see the whole family because people are seeing in the [Netflix] series, this was a family effort,” he says. More than likely, however, Selena’s sister Suzette Quintanilla, along with A.B., will be the ones to accept the award.

A.B. says it’s not safe for their parents to travel due to the coronavirus cases still rising in many parts of the country. However, if the ceremony is virtual, A.B. insists the whole Quintanilla clan will be in attendance.

A.B. is most proud that Selena continues to shine but wishes she were here to witness the accolades.

“It’s kind of bittersweet because she’s breaking these records and she’s doing wonderful things but unfortunately she’s not here,” he admits. “It’s strange how people in their mindset, and even with me sometimes, it feels like she is here…I’m just happy to have been a part of it and that people are still enjoying the beautiful art that made because those pieces that Selena made, in the music world, those are van Gogh’s.”

Selena received a Grammy Award in 1994 for Best Mexican-American Album for Selena Live!

The 63rd annual Grammy Awards is scheduled for Sunday, March 14 to air on CBS. The honorees also include Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, Lionel Hampton, Marilyn Horne, Salt-N-Pepa, and Talking Heads.

MORE:How Selena Quintanilla’s Family Feels About Her Posthumous Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

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