Adrienne Bailon has said she fears stepping back in the singing booth, saying she’s afraid to fail in this new, ever-changing music business. But recently, she stepped behind the microphone for the first time in six years to pay homage to one of her biggest inspirations, the late Tejano superstar Selena Quintanilla-Perez.
This year (today, March 31) marks the 20th anniversary of Selena’s untimely death. To commemorate, Adrienne broke her singing-fast to tribute the late singer on the “The Real” by singing Selena’s 1995 hit “I Could Fall In Love” at the end of the show.
Adrienne revealed to viewers that Selena is why she wanted to go into show business. “Twenty years ago we lost the woman I consider my idol, she single-handedly put Tejano music on the mainstream map, and she’s the reason I am who I am today,” she said.
Selena’s sister Suzette Quintanilla was a guest on the show to discuss her legacy, and gave her thoughts on the huge movie starring Jennifer Lopez.
“Of course, Jennifer studied so hard to try to get it as perfect as possible. It is such a hard job to do, I think, to have to mimic somebody and to have to learn how to act and be that person,” she said. “I think the one thing that the movie just kind of barely touched on … she was so humble and so down to earth. She would really do anything for anybody if she possibly could. That was probably the only thing I could kind of say.”
Watch Adrienne’s heartfelt tribute and Suzette’s sit-down with the ladies of “The Real” below: