Avril Lavigne, Creed, Nelly, and Puddle Of Mudd are the first artists confirmed to perform at the 2002 Billboard Music Awards, set to air live Dec. 9 on Fox from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vega

Avril Lavigne, Creed, Nelly, and Puddle Of Mudd are the first artists confirmed to perform at the 2002 Billboard Music Awards, set to air live Dec. 9 on Fox from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The 13th annual awards will recognize and honor the year's most successful acts as determined by the Billboard charts. The show's hosts, additional performers, and finalists will be announced in the coming weeks.

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.

Creed is a two-time winner of Billboard's rock artist of the year honor, and Nelly was a four-time finalist last year, though he didn't pick up any awards. This will be the first appearances at the Billboard Music Awards for Lavigne and Puddle Of Mudd, each of whom have had releases certified platinum this year: "Let Go" (Arista) and "Come Clean" (Flawless), respectively.

R. Kelly was the big winner at last year's awards, taking home six trophies including R&B/hip-hop artist of the year and R&B/hip-hop album of the year for "TP-2.com" (Jive). Destiny's Child and Tim McGraw picked up five awards each.