As it has done for decades and decades, hit game show Jeopardy! continues dropping knowledge on us all. This time around, the quiz show is sharing an incredible fact about late music legend: Selena.
On Thursday, Jeopardy! used their social media page to recognize World Art Day with an interesting bit of information. Today (Friday) they did much of the same, honoring an entertainer whose life was cut short. Selena, often referred to as “The Queen of Tejano Music” is the subject of today’s knowledge drop. Selena was a heavily popular entertainer in the early 1990s before her life was taken in 1995. The Jeopardy! post says today would have been her 50th birthday.
“Selena would have turned 50 years old #OTD,” the Friday afternoon Instagram post proclaims. “Her legacy lives on.”
The social media post from the Jeopardy! account shares an interesting factoid about the Tejano singer.
“With her 1993 recording ‘Live!,’ Selena became the first female Tejano artist to win the Grammy for Best Mexican-American album,” the image says.
Jeopardy! Honors Fallen Tejano Entertainer
Only a few hours of going live, the social media post took nearly 2,000 “likes” a dozen replies.
Selena, a wonderfully talented singer and performer, was only 23-years-old when she was slain. Many people of Tejano dissent still honor her work to this day. Billboard magazine named her the top-selling Latin artist of the 1990s. Media outlets refer to her as the “Tejano Madonna” and she is considered one of the most influential Latin artists of all time.
While its knowledge-dropping skills remain intact, Jeopardy! has undergone some major changes in the past half-year. Long-time host Alex Trebek lost his battle to pancreatic cancer last year at the age of 80. Since his passing Jeopardy! has put a slew of celebrities at the host’s podium. Former champion Ken Jennings, executive producer Mike Richards, journalist Katie Couric and Dr. Mehmet Oz are among the celebrities to appear on the show.
The job is currently in the hands of National Football League star Aaron Rodgers, but won’t be for much longer. Friday will be the final episode for the Green Bay Packers quarterback. Journalist Anderson Cooper is next in line for guest-hosting duties. He will begin his tenure as Jeopardy! host on Monday.