Billboard Music Finalists Announced

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

  • Pop Single of the Year
    "Hips Don't Lie" — Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean
    "Promiscuous" — Nelly Furtado featuring Timbaland
    "Temperature" — Sean Paul
  • Soundtrack Album of the Year
    "Get Rich or Die Tryin'"
    "High School Musical"
    "Walk the Line"
  • R&B/Hip-Hop Artist of the Year
    Mary J. Blige
    Jamie Foxx
    T.I.
  • Male R&B/Hip-Hop Artist of the Year
    Jamie Foxx
    Ne-Yo
    T.I.
  • Female R&B/Hip-Hop Artist of the Year
    Beyoncé
    Mary J. Blige
    Mariah Carey
  • Duo/Group R&B/Hip-Hop Artist of the Year
    Dem Franchize Boyz
    The Isley Brothers
    Three 6 Mafia
  • R&B/Hip-Hop Album of the Year
    "The Breakthrough" — Mary J. Blige
    "King" — T.I.
    "Unpredictable" — Jamie Foxx
  • R&B/Hip-Hop Single of the Year
    "Be Without You" — Mary J. Blige
    "So Sick" — Ne-Yo
    "Unpredictable" — Jamie Foxx featuring Ludacris
  • Rap Artist of the Year
    Sean Paul
    T.I.
    Yung Joc
  • Rap Album of the Year
    "Tha Carter, Vol. 2" — Lil Wayne
    "Curtain Call The Hits" — Eminem
    "King" — T.I.
  • Rap Single of the Year
    "It's Goin' Down" — Yung Joc
    "Lean Wit It, Rock Wit It" — Dem Franchize Boyz featuring Lil Peanut & Charlay
    "Snap Yo Fingers" — Lil Jon featuring E-40 & Sean Paul of the YoungBloodz
  • Country Artist of the Year
    Kenny Chesney
    Rascal Flatts
    Carrie Underwood
  • Male Country Artist of the Year
    Kenny Chesney
    Toby Keith
    Tim McGraw
  • Female Country Artist of the Year
    Faith Hill
    Carrie Underwood
    Gretchen Wilson
  • Duo/Group Country Artist of the Year
    Brooks & Dunn
    Rascal Flatts
    Sugarland
  • Country Album of the Year
    "Me and My Gang" — Rascal Flatts
    "Some Hearts" — Carrie Underwood
    "The Road and the Radio" — Kenny Chesney
  • Country Single of the Year
    "If You're Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows)" — Rodney Atkins
    "Summertime" — Kenny Chesney
    "The World" — Brad Paisley
  • Modern Rock Artist of the Year
    AFI
    Red Hot Chili Peppers
    Shinedown
  • Modern Rock Single of the Year
    "Animal I Have Become" — Three Days Grace
    "Dani California" — Red Hot Chili Peppers
    "The Kill (Bury Me)" — 30 Seconds to Mars
  • Rock Artist of the Year
    Disturbed
    Nickelback
    Shinedown
  • Rock Single of the Year
    "Animal I Have Become" — Three Days Grace
    "Dani California" — Red Hot Chili Peppers
    "Speak" — Godsmack
  • Rock Album of the Year
    "All the Right Reasons" — Nickelback
    "Back to Bedlam" — James Blunt
    "Stadium Arcadium" — Red Hot Chili Peppers