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Britney, Backstreet, Ricky Win

Britney Spears and the Backstreet Boys were big winners Wednesday night at the Billboard Music Awards, each getting four awards.

The group Dixie Chicks picked up three awards during the ceremony at the MGM Grand Hotel, including country artist of the year, country album artist and country artist duo/group.

Ricky Martin performing at the show.

Spears won female artist of the year, new artist of the year, female hot 100 singles artist, and female albums artist. Her debut album ...Baby One More Time has sold about seven million copies.

Pop heartthrobs the Backstreet Boys were recognized for Artists of the Year, Artist Duo/Group, Album of the Year and Album Artists. Their album "Millennium" has sold about 7.9 million copies in the United States.

Mariah Carey was honored as artist of the decade. Confetti dropped from above as she walked on stage.

Latin pop sensation Ricky Martin received the Male Artist of the Year prize and Male Hot 100 Singles Artist.

A standing ovation for Mariah Carey.

"I feel like I'm just getting started. I'm so happy to be finally free to be who I am," she said.

The awards were determined by the magazine's year-end charts, which are based on a combination of record sales and radio airplay.

Performers included metal band Metallica, backed by the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, and actress-turned-singer Jennifer Lopez.

Other winners were:

  • R&B artist: R. Kelly
  • R&B album: "400 Degreez," Juvenile
  • R&B single: "Fortunate," Maxwell
  • R&B album artist: DMX
  • Rap artist: Jay-Z
  • Rap single: "Who Dat," JT Money/Sole
  • Modern rock track: "My Own Worst Enemy," Lit
  • Modern rock artist: The Offspring
  • Rock track: "One," Creed
  • Rock artist: Creed
  • Century award: Emmylou Harris
  • Artist achievement award: Aerosmith
  • Adult contemporary track: "Angel," Sarah McLachlan
  • Catalog artist and catalog album: "Metallica," Metallica

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