Finalists for the 2004 Billboard Music Awards, to be handed out Dec. 8 at a ceremony at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena and broadcast live on Fox.

Below are the finalists for the 2004 Billboard Music Awards, to be handed out Dec. 8 at a ceremony at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena and broadcast live on Fox.

Artist of the year:
Alicia Keys
Maroon5
OutKast
Usher

Female artist of the year:
Alicia Keys
Beyonce
Britney Spears
Norah Jones

Male artist of the year:
Toby Keith
Usher
Twista
Kanye West

Duo/group artist of the year:
Hoobastank
Linkin Park
Maroon5
OutKast

Billboard 200 album of the year:
"Closer," Josh Groban (143 Records/Reprise)
"The Diary of Alicia Keys," Alicia Keys (J Records)
"Speakerboxxx/The Love Below," OutKast (LaFace)
"Confessions," Usher (Arista)

Hot 100 artist of the year:
Alicia Keys
Maroon5
OutKast
Usher

Hot 100 songwriter of the year:
R. Kelly
Alicia Keys
Lil Jon
Kanye West

Hot 100 single of the year:
"If I Ain't Got You," Alicia Keys
"This Love," Maroon5
"Burn," Usher
"Yeah!" Usher featuring Lil Jon & Ludacris

Top selling single of the year:
"Solitaire/The Way," Clay Aiken
"Dreams," Diana DeGarmo
"F**k It (I Don't Want You Back)," Eamon
"I Believe," Fantasia

Female new artist of the year:
Ciara
JoJo
Ashlee Simpson
Gretchen Wilson

Male new artist of the year:
J-Kwon
Ruben Studdard
Kanye West
Mario Winans

R&B/hip-hop album of the year:
"The Black Album," Jay-Z (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam)
"The Diary of Alicia Keys," Alicia Keys (J Records)
"Confessions," Usher (Arista)
"The College Dropout," Kanye West (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam))

R&B/hip-hop albums artist of the year:
Jay-Z
R. Kelly
Alicia Keys
Usher

R&B/hip-hop artist of the year:
R. Kelly
Alicia Keys
Usher
Kanye West

R&B/hip-hop single of the year:
"Diary," Alicia Keys featuring Tony! Toni! Tone!
"If I Ain't Got You," Alicia Keys
"Burn," Usher
"Yeah!" Usher featuring Lil Jon & Ludacris

Female R&B/hip-hop artist of the year:
Beyonce
Ciara
Alicia Keys
Monica

New R&B/hip-hop artist of the year:
G-Unit
Anthony Hamilton
Ruben Studdard
Kanye West

R&B/hip-hop singles artist of the year:
R. Kelly
Alicia Keys
Usher
Kanye West

Rap artist of the year:
Jay-Z
Ludacris
Twista
Kanye West

Modern rock artist of the year:
Incubus
Jet
Linkin Park
Three Days Grace

Female country artist of the year:
Sara Evans
Martina McBride
Shania Twain
Gretchen Wilson

New country artist of the year:
Big & Rich
Josh Gracin
Josh Turner
Gretchen Wilson

Mainstream top 40 artist of the year:
Maroon5
OutKast
Britney Spears
Usher

Mainstream top 40 single of the year:
"The Reason," Hoobastank
"Leave (Get Out)," JoJo
"This Love," Maroon5
"Yeah!" Usher featuring Lil Jon & Ludacris

Digital artist of the year:
Black Eyed Peas
Maroon5
OutKast
Usher

Digital track of the year:
"Let's Get It Started," Black Eyed Peas
"The Reason," Hoobastank
"This Love," Maroon5
"Hey Ya!" OutKast