Rep. De La Cruz nominates Selena’s ‘Amor Prohibido’ for Library of Congress registry

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Anything for Selena’s legacy.

That’s how U.S. Rep. Monica De La Cruz apparently feels about the famed Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla whose life was cut short in 1995.

On Tuesday, De La Cruz announced her office’s nomination of Selena’s popular 1994 album, “Amor Prohibido,” which boasts hits such as “No me Queda Más,” “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom,” “Techno Cumbia” and the title track, for historic preservation in the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry.

“The Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry is a list of sound recordings that are culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant and/or inform or reflect life in the United States of America. If accepted, it would be the first recording by Selena in the National Recording Registry,” a news release from De La Cruz’s office stated.

Albums already in the registry include “Synchronicity” by The Police, “Like a Virgin” by Madonna and “The Joshua Tree” by U2. Other albums include “Ramones” by the Ramones “Saturday Night Fever” by The Bee Gees, “Sounds of Silence” by Simon and Garfunkel and “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” by The Beatles.

The congresswoman’s nomination for Selena’s album came just a few days after Selena Day, which commemorates the late artist’s birthday on April 16, and one day after she honored Selena’s legacy with remarks on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.

“Selena was an icon and trailblazer whose music transcends borders, cultures, and generations,” De La Cruz said. “Her unique blend of cumbia, Tejano, and pop has captivated audiences worldwide, taking our community’s rich culture and heritage to new heights. Her ability to seamlessly transition between Spanish and English lyrics, combined with elements of Mexican folklore and R&B, perfectly captured the spirit of millions of Hispanics who are both thoroughly American and proud of our roots.

“Selena’s music is not only a cherished part of our past but also an essential part of the soundtrack of our lives, reminding us of the joy, passion, and strength that define nuestra gente.”