Winners of the 2004 Billboard Music Awards, handed out Dec. 8 in a ceremony at the MGM Garden Grand Arena in Las Vegas.

Below are the winners of the 2004 Billboard Music Awards, handed out Dec. 8 in a ceremony at the MGM Garden Grand Arena in Las Vegas and televised on Fox.

The Billboard Music Awards recognize the year's leading artists and songs as determined by actual performance on Billboard's weekly charts. Based on sales data compiled by Nielsen SoundScan, radio information monitored by Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems and mobile entertainment data from Consect, Billboard's music charts are the worlds most authoritative. Winners are determined by the 2004 year-end charts, which reflect the weekly charts that Billboard published from December 2003 through November 2004.


Artist of the year: Usher
Female artist of the year: Alicia Keys
Duo/Group artist of the year: OutKast
Male new artist of the year: Kanye West
Female new artist of the year: Ashlee Simpson
Billboard 200 artist of the year: Usher
Billboard 200 duo/group album artist of the year: OutKast
Billboard 200 album of the year: "Confessions," Usher (Arista)
Top selling single of the year: "I Believe," Fantasia"
Hot 100 artist of the year: Usher
Female Hot 100 artist of the year: Alicia Keys
Hot 100 duo/group of the year: OutKast
Hot 100 single of the year: "Yeah!" Usher, featuring Lil Jon & Ludacris
Hot 100 airplay single of the year: "Yeah!" Usher, featuring Lil Jon & Ludacris
Hot 100 songwriter of the year: Alicia Keys
Hot 100 producer of the year: Lil Jon
Mainstream Top 40 artist of the year: Usher
Mainstream Top 40 single of the year: "Yeah!" Usher, featuring Lil Jon & Ludacris
R&B/Hip-Hop artist of the year: Usher
Female R&B/Hip-Hop artist of the year: Alicia Keys
R&B/Hip-Hop duo/group of the year: OutKast
New R&B/Hip-Hop artist of the year: Kanye West
Top selling R&B/Hip-Hop single of the year: "I Believe," Fantasia
R&B/Hip-Hop album of the year: "Confessions," Usher (Arista)
R&B/Hip-Hop albums artist of the year: Usher
R&B/Hip-Hop singles artist of the year: Alicia Keys
R&B/Hip-Hop single of the year: "If I Ain't Got You," Alicia Keys
R&B/Hip-Hop airplay single of the year: "If I Ain't Got You," Alicia Keys
R&B/Hip-Hop producer of the year: Kanye West
Rap artist of the year: Kanye West
Female country artist of the year: Gretchen Wilson
New country artist of the year: Gretchen Wilson
New country duo/group artist of the year: Big & Rich
Independent album artist fo the year: Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz
Independent album of the year: "Kings of Crunk," Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz (TVT)
Hot Dance sales single of the year: "Me Against the Music," Britney Spears featuring Madonna
Digital artist of the year: Maroon5
Digital Track of the year: "Hey Ya," OutKast
Ringtone of the year: "In Da Club," 50 Cent

Artist Achievement Award: Destiny's Child
Century Award: Stevie Wonder