Billboard Century Award honoree Sting and pop/rock act No Doubt are the first performers confirmed for the 2003 Billboard Music Awards. Set for Dec. 10 at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena, the event

Billboard Century Award honoree Sting and pop/rock act No Doubt are the first performers confirmed for the 2003 Billboard Music Awards. Set for Dec. 10 at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena, the event will be hosted by "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest and air live on Fox at 8 p.m. ET (tape delayed on the West Coast).

The Billboard Music Awards annually recognize the year's leading artists and songs as determined by actual performance on Billboard's weekly charts, which are based on sales data compiled by Nielsen SoundScan and radio information monitored by Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems. Finalists for the 2003 awards will be announced in the coming weeks.

As revealed here in August, Sting is the 12th Billboard Century Award honoree. The Century Award was created in 1994 by the magazine's then-editor in chief, the late Timothy White, and then-publisher, Howard Lander, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the publication.

Previous Century Award honorees are George Harrison (1992), Buddy Guy (1993), Billy Joel (1994), Joni Mitchell (1995), Carlos Santana (1996), Chet Atkins (1997), James Taylor (1998), Emmylou Harris (1999), Randy Newman (2000), John Mellencamp (2001) and Annie Lennox (2002).