The GRAMMY Museum, in cooperation with the family of the late Jenni Rivera, will debut a new exhibition, Jenni Rivera, La Gran Señora, on May 12. Housed on the Museum's third floor, the exhibit will focus on Rivera as the "Diva of Banda" — a musical powerhouse due to her work within the banda and norteña genres. The exhibit will also illustrate how Rivera used her music and celebrity to help abolish female stereotypes in Mexican music.
"Jenni Rivera was, without a doubt, the female leader of the regional Mexican genre and a true musical superstar," said GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli. "We're honored to celebrate her not only as a talented musician with Southern Californian roots, but also a successful entrepreneur and respected philanthropist."
Bringing together a collection of diverse artifacts, rare photographs and more, the exhibit will feature items from the private collection of the Rivera family. On display, visitors will see a broad array of items, including stage costumes worn by Rivera, including the famous tan and lace dress worn at the Teatro de la Ciudad de Mexico in 2012; Rivera's personal Bible, license and credit cards; rare photographs of Rivera on and off stage; handwritten notes and award trophies; ticket stubs, concert posters, tour books, and fan memorabilia; and video footage from live performances and television appearances.
"It's a great honor for me and my siblings Jacqie, Michael, Jenicka, and Johnny to be able to share such sacred items of our mother with her fans, the ones that made her," said Janney "Chiquis" Marin, Rivera's daughter. "We feel it's the least we can do, we owe the fans so much. We also thank the GRAMMY Museum for honoring the mother, woman, entrepreneur, and artist."
Rivera died Dec. 9, 2012, at age 43 following a plane crash in Mexico. Over the course of her career she earned four Latin GRAMMY nominations, including Best Banda Album in 2011 for La Gran Señora En Vivo.