It’s coming up on the one year anniversary of Jenni Rivera. On December 9th, 2012, Rivera was killed in a tragic plane crash that killed everyone on board the aircraft in Nuevo Leon state in northern Mexico. The Mexican-American singer is gone but far from forgotten and, to prove it, there’s a calendar full of events, releases, and memorials happening in her honor.
Rivera CD and DVD Release
Jenni Rivera’s family has spent the last year working with Universal Music Latin Entertainment/Fonovisa to produce a CD/DVD in their loved one’s honor. The disk will feature celebrity appearances and a live show she performed in her native Mexico. Specifically, the music featured will be what was recorded at Rivera’s last live performance which took place at Arena Monterrey just hours before she died. According to Billboard, the album is scheduled to hit shelves on December 3rd.
Live Shows for Rivera Fans
A tribute show featuring Tito el Bambino and Marisela has been scheduled for fans of the late Rivera. “Jenni Rivera Lives” will take place on December 9th in Monterrey. In addition to celebrity appearances to honor the singer, her daughter Chiquis will sing some of her mother’s greatest hits.
Rivera’s brother Lupillo Rivera is scheduled to put on his own tribute concert as well. There will be no charge for admission for the December 8th performance that is scheduled to take place in Iturbide, Nuevo Leon, near the location of the plane crash where fans gather regularly to pay tribute to La Diva de le Banda.
Jenni Rivera’s Legacy
Jenni Rivera’s career began with a recording made in 1992. Eleven years later, she was nominated for her first Latin Grammy. The daughter of undocumented immigrants, Rivera was beginning to crossover into stardom in music, television, and production. Rivera was awarded 15 Billboard awards posthumously and has sold more than 15 million albums internationally.
The 43 year-old Long Beach native left behind children and grandchildren who still sometimes don’t believe she’s gone. Rivera’s book, “Unbreakable: My Story, My Way,” was released seven months after her death, giving fans an intimate look into Rivera’s ambition, drive, and determination to conquer the odds. Knowing that she had come out on the other side after rape and physical and emotional abuse gave fans new perspective into what made her great and the headlines just kept coming.
Unfortunately, like all people in the spotlight, even in death, Rivera is not immune to speculation and accusations of poor choices and bad behavior. Just a month after her death, the New York Daily News ran an article about how the singer had performed for and done cocaine with the Beltran Leyva drug cartel. One of Mexico’s most powerful drug gangs, a lawyer from the Beltran Leyva cartel allegedly reported to the Mexican media that Rivera regularly performed for members of the drug trafficking organization.
This was not the first time that Rivera’s name popped up in the news alongside the bad guys, however. She had reportedly worked with drug kingpin Edgar Valdez Villareal (“El Barbie”) who reportedly maliciously kicked her as a humiliating practical joke.
Regardless of the scandal and scrutiny that will always be present for stars as bright as Jenni Rivera, we are honored to continue to pay our respects to a woman who was on a path to immeasurable success and notoriety. For her music and so many other things, we believe she will always be not just remembered, but treasured as well.