Hip-hop duo Outkast and newcomer Nelly came out on top at the Source Hip-Hop Music Awards last night (Aug. 20) in Miami Beach, Fla. Outkast snagged best artist of the year by a group and best live per

Hip-hop duo Outkast and newcomer Nelly came out on top at the Source Hip-Hop Music Awards last night (Aug. 20) in Miami Beach, Fla. Outkast snagged best artist of the year by a group and best live performer of the year, while Nelly took home best new artist of the year and best album for the Fo' Reel/Universal set "Country Grammar." This year's show will air Aug. 28 on UPN.

"Hopefully I can keep doing what I am doing and people will keep accepting me for what I'm doing because that's just me," said Nelly, whose album also was nominated for two Grammy Awards.

Eminem won video of the year for "Stan," a song about a demented fan driven over the edge by his hero's lack of response. He performed the song "Purple Hills" with his group D-12.

Rapper Ja Rule, who collected the single of the year award for "Put It On Me," which features Lil' Mo, called the Source honors "the award" for rappers. "This is our culture, our music, our peers," he said. The Neptunes won the producer of the year and R&B artist of the year went to R. Kelly, currently enjoying chart success a remix of his hit song "Fiesta," featuring artist Jay-Z. The single topped Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, and is No. 23 in its 31st week on the tally.

In other awards, Jay-Z won solo artist of the year, while rapper Scarface defeated Eminem, Jay-Z, and Prodigy of Mobb Deep for lyricist of the year. "This is bigger than I can imagine," Scarface said.

Veteran rapper LL Cool J received a Lifetime Achievement award, while No Limit Records mogul Master P was presented the Hip-Hop Image Award.

Of the evening's performances, the live goat, cow and chickens brought on stage by Nelly and the St. Lunatics, who performed "Midwest Swing", was one of the most colorful. Thousands of hip-hop fans joined the genre's top artists at the Jackie Gleason Theater for the third annual awards show. Some artists -- including the redhead Eve and Ludacris -- ran out to greet the stargazers.

This is the first year that the awards, organized by The Source magazine, were held in Miami. Fights broke out during last year's show, held in Pasadena, Calif. It was canceled after only three performances and a handful of awards were announced because of fights in the audience.


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