R&B/hip-hop superstars Usher and Nelly and punk trio Green Day comprise the first acts set to perform at the 2004 Billboard Music Awards. The event will be held Dec. 8 at the MGM Grand Garden Aren

R&B/hip-hop superstars Usher and Nelly and punk trio Green Day comprise the first acts set to perform at the 2004 Billboard Music Awards. As previously reported, the event will be held Dec. 8 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and broadcast live on Fox.

Among the artists confirmed to appear during the event are Alicia Keys, Duran Duran, Ashlee Simpson, Fantasia, Nick Lachey and Chingy. Stevie Wonder will receive Billboard's Century Award, the magazine's highest honor for creative achievement.

Finalists, additional performers and presenters and the show's host will be announced in the coming weeks.

The Billboard Music Awards honor the No. 1 artists and songs as determined by record sales and radio airplay. Winners are determined by the 2004 year-end charts, which will reflect the weekly Billboard charts published from December 2003 through November 2004.