Jenni Rivera honored with Grammy Museum exhibit

Video by Olivia Santini and edited by Ignacio Torres

Jenni Rivera’s family wanted to give her a Mother’s Day gift — the first without their matriarch and star — and decided to open an exhibit at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, which includes concert outfits, mementos and even her trusty bible.

Pete Salgado, the late-singer’s business manager and friend, says it was her kids who wanted this to happen.

“Her children decided that they’d like to give this to her mom– their mother — on Mother’s Day,” he says. “This is their gift to their mom.”

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The Grammy Museum’s exhibition is the first major public testimonial to Rivera since her memorial service last year at Universal CityWalk and the very first exhibition that the museum has devoted entirely to a Latino or Latin American artist.

Salgado says many of her personal effects have true importance.

“Everything has a meaning here– you have things that are so small from a Costco card to the obvious — which are sold out — gold and platinum plaques,” he says.

“You have fan mail that she addressed– to her bible. That bible — if you look at it was really used,” he adds.

The bible, like many of the items on display, tells a story through its existence.  According to the LA Times, the Spanish-language bible was a Christmas gift from her parents, who inscribed it with these words: “Make sure you carry this Bible with you everywhere you go. The Lord will bless you.”

Sadly, the bible is able to be included in the exhibit because she didn’t have it with her on the fateful day of her crash.

The exhibit runs for a year and will end in May 2014.

Salgado says its been a difficult stretch for the family, with 5 months since the accident passing and being surrounded by all of her personal items, but they know they have to soldier on because she would want them to.

“She taught us all well — as much as we’d like to stop, we gotta keep marching,” he says.

“And we’re all dedicated to making sure her legacy continues.”

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As a Christian Jenni took her bible with her everywhere, when she traveled and at home it was kept on top of her desk. In the bible there is a picture of her granddaughter. The bible was marked with Jenni's favorite passages. The bible is in display in the exhibit courtesy of Jenni Rivera Enterprises.

As a Christian, Jenni took her bible with her everywhere when she traveled, and at home it was kept on top of her desk. In the bible there is a picture of her granddaughter. The bible was marked with Jenni’s favorite passages. The bible is in display in the exhibit courtesy of Jenni Rivera Enterprises. (Photo by Yesica Lopez)

This is some of the many fan mail Jenni received throughout her career. Jenni kept everything that was sent to her displayed in her home some of the photographs and art her fans will send her. Courtesy of Jenni Rivera Enterprises.

This is some of the many fan mail letters Jenni received throughout her career. Jenni kept everything that was sent to her displayed in her home, along with some of the photographs and art her fans would send her. Courtesy of Jenni Rivera Enterprises. (Photo by Yesica Lopez)

One of Jenni's most recognizable dresses which was designed by Adan Terriquez who had been Jenni's personal tailor for over 13-years. Courtesy of Adan Terriquez.

One of Jenni’s most recognizable dresses, which was designed by Adan Terriquez, who had been Jenni’s personal tailor for over 13 years. Courtesy of Adan Terriquez. (Photo by Yesica Lopez )

Jenni's J-Unit Jumpsuit was created by her. Her "J-Unit" represented Jenni as a warrior of life  and when she wore it she wanted her fans to feel united and empowered. Each of Jenni's fans who joined her fan club received a "J-Unit" jumpsuit and there are now over 6000 members. Courtesy of Jenni Rivera Enterprises.

Jenni’s J-Unit Jumpsuit was created by her. Her “J-Unit” represented Jenni as a warrior of life and when she wore it she wanted her fans to feel united and empowered. Each of Jenni’s fans who joined her fan club received a “J-Unit” jumpsuit and there are now over 6000 members. Courtesy of Jenni Rivera Enterprises. (Photo by Yesica Lopez)

Jenni wore this dress in 2010 when she married Esteban Loaiza. She chose to work with designer Eduardo Lucero for her wedding dress since he has already previously designed her red carpet styles. Courtesy of Jenni Rivera Enterprises.

Jenni wore this dress in 2010 when she married Esteban Loaiza. She chose to work with designer Eduardo Lucero for her wedding dress since he had already previously designed her red carpet styles. Courtesy of Jenni Rivera Enterprises. (Photo by Yesica Lopez)

As a great singer Jenni Rivera won many of awards throughout her career. This three awards are some of her awards. The Premio Lo Nuestro was awarded to her in 2008 for Regional Mexicano Artista del Año. Premios Juventud awarded her in 2011 for Mi Artista Regional Mexicano and in 2010 Monitor Latino awarded her for Artista Femenino Mas Aclamado Del Espectaculo.

As a great singer, Jenni Rivera won many of awards throughout her career. These three awards are some of her awards. The Premio Lo Nuestro was awarded to her in 2008 for Regional Mexicano Artista del Año. Premios Juventud awarded her in 2011 for Mi Artista Regional Mexicano and in 2010 Monitor Latino awarded her for Artista Femenino Mas Aclamado Del Espectaculo. (Photo by Yesica Lopez)

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