Selena is a 1997 American biographical musical drama film written and directed by Gregory Nava. It is based on the true story of Tejano music star Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, chronicling her rise to fame and tragic death when she was murdered by Yolanda Saldívar at the age of 23. The film stars Jennifer Lopez, Edward James Olmos, Jon Seda, Constance Marie, Jacob Vargas, Lupe Ontiveros, and Jackie Guerra.


At the Astrodome in Houston, Texas on February 26, 1995, Tejano superstar Selena Quintanilla Pérez plays to a sold-out crowd ("Disco Medley"). In 1961, young Abraham Quintanilla Jr. and his band "The Dinos" are rejected by a restaurant owner after an audition in Texas. They perform for a Mexican-American nightclub, but a riot ensues when they don't perform the audience's preferred Tejano music ("Oldies Medley"), but rather American pop.