Starry Night

updated 05/05/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/05/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

when she learned last year that Selena Live! had been Grammy-nominated for Best Mexican-American Album, "Selena was excited, but it wasn't so much the nomination," her father, Abraham, remembers. "She went and bought a camera because she was going to try to take pictures of all the artists." That evening in New York City more than fulfilled her dreams. As Selena and her family were on their way to a Grammy party, sister Suzette bumped into Boy George. "And then they saw Frank Sinatra at the party," says Abraham.

Oh, by the way, Selena and her band, Los Dinos, won a Grammy. It was, perhaps, about time: She had been named both top female vocalist and best female entertainer at the Tejano Music Awards for six years in a row. This February made it seven.

Selena was up for a second Grammy for Amor Prohibido, this past March but lost to Vikki Carr. No matter—it was a chance for more photos. Delighted just to be carrying her camera through the crowd, she wore a favorite purple-sequined outfit that, four weeks later, she would be buried in.

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