2006 Billboard Music Awards Finalists

Here are the finalists for the 2006 Billboard Music Awards, which will be handed out Dec. 4 live on Fox from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Winners are determined by actual performance on th

Here are the finalists for the 2006 Billboard Music Awards, which will be handed out Dec. 4 live on Fox from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Winners are determined by actual performance on the Billboard charts.

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

Beyonce
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, Various Artists
"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

Beyonce
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 II," 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