Updated 09:06 PM EST, Tue, Dec 01, 2020

Jennifer Lopez to Honor Selena Quintanilla at Billboard Latin Music Awards

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Jennifer Lopez is set to perform a musical tribute honoring Selena Quintanilla, the late queen of Tejano.

The Latina entertainer's performance will take place at the upcoming Billboard Latin Music Awards airing live on Telemundo on April 30, the news outlet reported. Selena would have turned 44 years old on April 16.

Reflecting about the late singer's legacy, Lopez, 45, told Billboard that Selena "moved the world in a different way." Lopez had her breakthrough role in Hollywood by portraying the musical artist on a biographical drama eighteen years ago.

"People like that don't come along every day," the "Dance Again" singer said, as quoted by the news outlet. "There is never going to be another Selena. The grace with which she handled the business, the grace with which she handled her life, the humor. Her spirit of loving what she did. Her sense of family. That's the tragedy of everything that ­happened and why she left such an imprint -- because she was gone way too soon."

Billboard's Latin Music Awards, hosted by actress and TV host Gaby Espino and Mexican singer Pedro Fernandez, will also showcase performances by Afrojack, Alejandro Sanz, Ana Gabriel, Carlos Santana, Carlos Vives, Daddy Yankee, Natalia Jimenez, J Balvin, Juanes, Romeo Santos, and Wisin.

Check out the full list of performers here.

Selena Quintanilla Hologram Confirmed

Fans of Selena will once again see the singer perform live - at least a digitized version of her.

In an announcement made on the iconic singer's official Facebook page, it was revealed that Nevada-based Acrovirt LLC has launched "Selena the One," a "walking, talking, singing, and dancing, digital embodiment" of singer. This hologram of the performer "will release new songs and videos, will collaborate with current hit artists, and aims to go on tour in 2018."

Acrovirt LLC co-CEO Terry Kennedy wrote on his LinkedIn page that the company has conducted research and partnerships with neuroscience universities to "impose an individuals' biological information into a digital environment."

The project already struck a deal with the San Diego Latino Film Festival, a separate report from Billboard wrote. SelenaTheOne.com also added that an IndieGoGo campaign aims to raise 500,000 in support of the digital creation of Selena.

Back in 2014, the artist's father, Abraham, said in an interview that creating a hologram based on Selena wouldn't be easy, explaining that "the prices are ridiculous and it requires the transportation of tons of equipment," as quoted by Billboard.

Selena's father and brother, A.B., both had meetings with San Diego-based AV Concepts about the project. In 2013, A.B. said that the hologram was not "well-defined" and that "it wasn't enough for the fans . . . she looked like a ghost," Billboard reported.

For more info about the digitized project, read Billboard's interview with the singer's mother, Suzette, here.

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