The 2012 NCLR ALMA Awards, which highlights the very best American Latino contributions to music, television and film, brought some of our favorite entertainers back to the red carpet.  The event, hosted by executive producer Eva Longoria and George Lopez, brought out artists Flo Rida, Roselyn Sanchez, and Pitbull for a few high-energy performances.  Among the honorees were Olympic Gold Medalist Ryan Lochte and Christina Aguilera, who received the 2012 NCLR Special Achievement Award for her incredible career and exceptional work in philanthropy. Among those who were spotted on the red carpet were “Hollywood Exes” Mayte Garcia and Daphne Wayans, Dania Ramirez, Zoe Saldana and Nicole Richie.

The star-studded special kicking off Hispanic Heritage Month airs Friday, Sept. 21 (8 to 9 p.m. ET) on NBC.

Take a look at the red carpet pictures from the 2012 NCLR ALMA Awards in our gallery.