Where were all the Latino stars at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards?

Tonight were the 2012 Billboard Music Awards and though the night did have some touching moments (the Whitney Houston tribute almost made me cry), one thing kept bothering me the entire night: Where were all the Latino stars?!

Although artists like Pitbull, Bruno Mars, and Shakira were nominated for various categories, including Hot 100 Song of the Year, Top Male Artist, and Social Artist, none of them actually seemed to be present at the ceremony--which was even more disappointing than them not winning the awards! I mean, seriously, where was the representation people? The show could've definitely used a good dose of Latin flavor!

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I was, at the very least, expecting to see artists who were all over the radio this year show up, like Pitbull or Demi Lovato, but apparently they had other plans. Not even Selena Gomez came through to support her man, Justin Bieber, who performed live and was nominated in several categories. In fact, the only Latin artist I caught a glimpse of all night was singer Miguel aka Miguel Jontel Pimentel (pictured above) who lost the award for Top R&B Artist to Chris Brown.

Still while the lack of appearances was a letdown, there is some good news! Some of our favorite Latino artists did win awards, even though they weren't announced during the live broadcast. Pitbull won Top Radio Song for his hit single "Give Me Everything." Though Shakira lost Social Artist of the year to Bieber, she won the prize of Top Latin Artist. Romeo Santos also came out a winner, taking Top Latin Album for his CD "Formula Vol 1." Don Omar and Lucenzo won Top Latin Song for their single "Danza Kudoro."

I'm glad that a few artists within the Hispanic community were recognized, but I seriously hope we will get to see more Latin stars at upcoming shows! Award ceremonies just aren't the same without them!

Did you watch tonight's show? What did you think? Tell us in the comments below!

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