Billboard Announces Finalists For R&B/Hip-Hop Awards

Def Soul artist Musiq Soulchild leads the list of finalists for Billboard magazine's first R&B/hip-hop Awards show, listed in seven categories, including top R&B/hip-hop album, top R&B/hip

Def Soul artist Musiq Soulchild leads the list of finalists for Billboard magazine's first R&B/hip-hop Awards show, listed in seven categories, including top R&B/hip-hop album, top R&B/hip-hop artist, and top R&B/hip-hop singles artist.

Presented by Heineken, the Aug. 30 ceremony will be held at the New York Hilton, capping the second annual Billboard/BET R&B/hip-hop Conference, taking place Aug. 28-30 at the same venue. Details regarding the show's host, presenters, and performers will be announced in the coming weeks.

Other multiple finalists are R. Kelly (six categories), Outkast (five), Ja Rule and Jagged Edge (four each), and Sade and Shaggy (three). Besides Soulchild, new acts making their mark are Jaheim, Lil' Bow Wow, Lil' Romeo, Tank, and City High.

Honoring R&B/hip-hop 's top songs and albums, plus new and established performers, the awards will also recognize the songwriter and producer of the year, as well as the major and independent labels of the year. All told, the awards encompass 17 categories based on actual performance on the weekly Billboard R&B/hip-hop and rap charts since the start of the current chart year. Those charts are based on sales data from SoundScan and radio information compiled by Broadcast Data Systems.

Here is the full list of finalists for Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Awards:

Top R&B/hip-hop album:
"TP-2.com," R. Kelly (Jive/Zomba)
"Aijustwanaseing (I Just Want to Sing)," Musiq Soulchild (Def Soul/IDJMG)
"Lovers Rock," Sade (Epic)
"Hotshot," Shaggy (MCA)

Top R&B/hip-hop single:
"Missing You," Case (Def Soul/IDJMG)
"Put It On Me," Ja Rule featuring Lil' Mo & Vita (Murder Inc./Def Jam/IDJMG)
"Promise," Jagged Edge (So So Def/Columbia)
"Stutter," Joe featuring Mystikal (Jive)

Top R&B/hip-hop artist:
Jay-Z (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam/IDJMG)
R. Kelly (Jive)
Musiq Soulchild (Def Soul/IDJMG)
Outkast (LaFace/Arista)

Top R&B/hip-hop artist - male:
Ja Rule (Murder Inc./Def Jam/IDJMG)
Jay-Z (LaFace/Arista)
R. Kelly (Jive)
Musiq Soulchild (Def Soul/IDJMG)

Top R&B/hip-hop artist - female:
Erykah Badu (Motown)
Sade (Epic)
Jill Scott (Hidden Beach/Epic)
Tamia (Elektra/EEG)

Top R&B/hip-hop artist - duo or group:
112 (Bad Boy/Arista)
Destiny's Child (Columbia)
Jagged Edge (So So Def/Columbia)
Outkast (LaFace/Arista)

Top R&B/hip-hop artist - new:
Jaheim (Divine Mill/Warner Bros.)
Lil Bow Wow (So So Def/Columbia)
Musiq Soulchild (Def Soul/IDJMG)
Tank (Blackground)

Top R&B/hip-hop singles artist:
Jagged Edge (So So Def/Columbia)
R. Kelly (Jive)
Musiq Soulchild (Def Soul/IDJMG)
Outkast (LaFace/Arista)

Top R&B/hip-hop albums artist:
R. Kelly (Jive)
Musiq Soulchild (Def Soul/IDJMG)
Sade (Epic)
Shaggy (MCA)

Top R&B/hip-hop singles - sales:
"Missing You," Case (Def Soul/IDJMG)
"Could It Be," Jaheim (Divine Mill/Warner Bros.)
"All for You," Janet (Virgin)
"Stutter," Joe (Jive)

Top R&B/hip-hop singles - airplay:
"Put it on Me," Ja Rule Featuring Lil' Mo & Vita (Murder Inc./Def Jam/IDJMG)
"Promise," Jagged Edge (So So Def/Columbia)
"Love," Musiq Soulchild (Def Soul/IDJMG)
"Danger (Been So Long)," Mystikal (Jive)

Top rap album:
"Rule 3:36," Ja Rule (Murder Inc./Def Jam/IDJMG)
"Stankonia," Outkast (LaFace/Arista)
"Hotshot," Shaggy (MCA)
"Tha Last Meal," Snoop Dogg (No Limit/Priority)

Top rap single - sales:
"What Would You Do?," City High (Booga Basement/Interscope)
"Bow Wow (That's My Name)," Lil Bow Wow (So So Def/Columbia)
"My Baby," Lil' Romeo (Soulja/No Limit/Priority)
"Ms. Jackson," Outkast (LaFace/Arista )

R&B/hip-hop songwriter of the year:
Mike City
Chad Hugo
R. Kelly
Pharrell Williams

R&B/hip-hop producer of the year:
Mike City
Jermaine Dupri
The Neptunes
Timbaland

R&B/hip-hop major label of the year:
Arista
Columbia Records Group
Island Def Jam Music Group
Jive

R&B/hip-hop independent label of the year:
Koch
Loud
Tommy Boy
TVT