A dozen musical groups are offering a big concert in the Arena Monterrey to pay tribute to singer Jenni Rivera, who died a year ago in a plane crash after performing in the same venue.

Organized by her family, the Jenni Lives event featured Marisela, La Original Banda El Limon, Larry Hernandez, Chuy Lizarraga, Los Herederos de Nuevo Leon and Tito El Bambino, among other artists.

Fans from across northern Mexico and from north of the border made long lines starting early on Monday to enter the free event.

People attending the concert carried signs, photos and other items pertaining to the California-born singer who died at the age of 43 when her plane went down on Dec. 9, 2012.

Also killed in the accident were Rivera's publicist, her make-up artist, her stylist, her attorney and the two pilots of the plane in which the group was traveling after the concert in the northern city of Monterrey.

Rivera, who left behind five children and two grandchildren, was considered one of the most important female artists of Mexican regional music since she made her debut in 1999 with the album "Reina de reinas." EFE