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SELENA SHINES AS SIDEWALK STAR IS UNVEILED IN TEXAS

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Slain Tejano star Selena was remembered with the first sidewalk star at the Hard Rock Cafe during an emotional dedication.

International conjunto star Flaco Jimenez, who has performed at Hard Rock Cafes around the world, also was at the ceremony, which included the unveiling of a series of memorabilia displays, including his and Selena's.The Selena Quintanilla Perez display includes photos, a portrait and Selena's famous evening gown, worn the night she won a Grammy Award in 1993.

"Selena has a special place in all of our hearts," said Hard Rock Cafe chief executive Art Levitt. "We are remembering her today because she was incredibly talented performer, a forerunner in the music industry and a great role model for young people."

Jimenez, who has two Grammy awards for best Mexican-American performance, is known worldwide for infusing the conjunto style with rock, pop and blues elements.

For the Hard Rock display, Jimenez offered his first Hohner, a three-row button accordion dating to 1954. He played it on his first recording.

"The only thing that would have made today better would have been if Selena was here with us," he said.

Selena performed at the Hard Rock's grand opening in January.

The star honoring her is the first in a soon-to-be-expanded "walk of fame" in front of the cafe.

Hard Rock's idea for the star was born after fans unsuccessfully petitioned for a star for Selena on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Many fans were hoping to catch a glimpse of the late singer's father and mother, Abraham and Marcella, and her husband, Chris Perez, who has made few public appearances since his wife's death.

Perez said Selena was thrilled in January when the Hard Rock asked for something to put in a display honoring her.

"We both freaked out," he said. "I know how much it meant to her, and I know how excited she got when they asked her to do it. This all makes me really, really, happy."

Selena had donated the dress to the Hard Rock before her death. After she died, her parents reconsidered the decision, but her husband insisted that she would have wanted it on display at the club.

Selena, 23, was shot to death March 31 at a Corpus Christi, Texas, motel room.

The founder and president of her fan club, San Antonian Yol-anda Saldivar, faces a murder charge. Her trial began this week in Houston.