Camila Cabello said that "it's always been difficult" for the Latino population in the United States.
The Cuban-American singer, 21, said it would be a waste not to make the most of Latin culture and music.
Cabello, who was born in Havana, was invited to the MTV Europe Music Awards if times were hard for Hispanics and Latinos.
She told the Press Association: "I think it's always been difficult."
The singer was surrounded by adoring fans at awards in Bilbao, Spain, where she serenaded with her own hit, Havana.
She added: "It is always difficult for anyone to enter the United States.
"But I feel like so many incredible things are happening to Latin music.
"And this is being brought into the mainstream. I think it's incredible.
It is a waste of all cultures and all music to listen to only one type of music – Camila Cabello
Cabello appeared on a special pink rug for the awards ceremony, wearing a red dress.
The former Fifth Harmony vocalist claimed that it would be a waste of available cultural opportunities not to embrace Latin music.
She said: "It is a waste of all cultures and all music to listen to only one type of music.
"I like African music and many different types of music that are not Latin or American. And I feel it's cool to be able to like different things. "
The Cuban-American singer is the best singer and best video. She has already won an MTV Video Award for Havana.