Billboard Music Finalists Announced

Singer Chris Brown arrives at the 2006 World Music Awards at Earls Court on November 15, 2006 in London. Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Rockers Nickelback, country stars Rascal Flatts, rapper T.I., and R&B singer Mary J. Blige top the list of finalists for the 2006 Billboard Music Awards, vying for the top prize in five categories each.

The awards, which are based solely on actual performance on the Billboard weekly charts, will be handed out on Dec. 4 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

The ceremony will air at 8 p.m. on Fox and will feature performances by Janet Jackson, Fergie, The Killers, Gwen Stefani, The Fray, Mary J. Blige, Ludacris, Pharrell and Young Jeezy.

Although Britney Spears and Paris Hilton were rumored to be hosting the show, a publicist for the network told TheShowbuzz that nobody has been confirmed to host.

Tony Bennett will receive the Century Award for his contribution to recorded music over several decades.

The artist of the year category includes Chris Brown, Nickelback, and Rascal Flatts

Brown, who is 17 years old, is a finalist in three categories as is Sean Paul.

R&B/Hip-Hop dominates the top male artist category with Brown, Ne-Yo and Sean Paul competing, as well as the top female category with Beyonce, Mary J. Blige and Rihanna going head to head for the award.

Nickelback, The Pussycat Dolls and Rascal Flatts are up for duo/group of the year.

Other finalists in multiple categories include Carrie Underwood, Ne-Yo, Jamie Foxx, Kenny Chesney, and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Each is competing in four categories.


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Nelly Furtado (featuring Timbaland), the cast of "High School Musical, Young Joc, Dem Francize Boyz, Shinedown, and Three Days Grace and Beyonce all have two nods.

2006 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS FINALISTS

  • Artist of the Year
    Chris Brown
    Nickelback
    Rascal Flatts

  • Male Artist of the Year
    Chris Brown
    Ne-Yo
    Sean Paul

  • Female Artist of the Year
    Beyoncé
    Mary J. Blige
    Rihanna

  • Duo/Group of the Year
    Nickelback
    The Pussycat Dolls
    Rascal Flatts

  • New Artist of the Year
    Chris Brown
    The Fray
    Ne-Yo

  • Album of the Year
    "All the Right Reasons" — Nickelback
    "High School Musical" — Soundtrack
    "Some Hearts" — Carrie Underwood

  • Hot 100 Single of the Year
    "Bad Day" — Daniel Powter
    "Promiscuous" — Nelly Furtado featuring Timbaland
    "Temperature" — Sean Paul
    • Judy Faber

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