Grammy-winning diva Cher will receive the Artist Achievement award during the 2002 Billboard Music Awards, set to air Dec. 9 on Fox live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The award, which

Grammy-winning diva Cher will receive the Artist Achievement award during the 2002 Billboard Music Awards, set to air Dec. 9 on Fox live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The award, which annually recognizes an artist who has helped redefine popular music with massive success on the Billboard charts, has previously been presented to the likes of Aerosmith, Garth Brooks, Madonna, and Eric Clapton.

Cher, whose career has seen her sustain chart success through a number of different eras, has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity in recent years. Her 1999 single "Believe" hit No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 33 years and seven months after her first No. 1, the 1965 Sonny & Cher hit "I Got You Babe." She is currently on tour in the U.S., and will perform tonight (Nov. 11) in Orlando, Fla.

As previously reported, Avril Lavigne, Creed, Nelly, and Puddle Of Mudd are the first artists confirmed to perform at this year's Billboard Music Awards. Other artists scheduled to appear at this year's awards include Justin Guarini from "American Idol," Snoop Dogg, Master P, Lil' Romeo, 'N Sync's JC Chasez, Joe, and Nick Carter. Additionally, Annie Lennox will be presented with Billboard's Century Award.

The show's hosts, additional performers, and finalists will be announced in the coming weeks.

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