Comedian Cedric "The Entertainer" will host the 2002 Billboard Music Awards, airing Dec. 9 on Fox live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Cedric, who stars in the Fox show "Cedric The Enter

Comedian Cedric "The Entertainer" will host the 2002 Billboard Music Awards, airing Dec. 9 on Fox live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Cedric, who stars in the Fox show "Cedric The Entertainer Presents," takes over emcee duties from his network colleague Bernie Mac, who hosted last year. As previously reported, Justin Timberlake, Faith Hill, Avril Lavigne, Creed, Nelly, and Puddle Of Mudd will perform.

LL Cool J, Keith Urban, B2K, Nivea, Nick Carter, JC Chasez, Joe, Master P, Lil' Romeo, and actress Shannon Elizabeth will also make appearances.

Cher will receive the Artist Achievement award, which annually recognizes an artist who has helped redefine popular music with massive success on the Billboard charts. Annie Lennox will be presented with the Billboard Century Award.

Finalists and additional performers will be announced in the coming weeks.