Mariah Carey was the big winner at the 2006 Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Awards, held last night (Sept. 8) in Atlanta. Carey won top R&B/hip-hop artist in both the overall and female categories, as w

Mariah Carey was the big winner at the 2006 Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Awards, held last night (Sept. 8) in Atlanta. Carey won top R&B/hip-hop artist in both the overall and female categories, as well as hot R&B/hip-hop songs artist, top R&B/hip-hop albums artist and top R&B/hip-hop album for her multi-platinum set “The Emancipation of Mimi.”

Kanye West took home top rap album for “Late Registration” and also won hot rap track for “Gold Digger” featuring Jamie Foxx. Foxx himself took home top R&B/hip-hop artist -- male, while Young Jeezy won top R&B/hip-hop artist -- new.

In addition to winning top R&B/hip-hop songwriter and top R&B/hip-hop producer, Jermaine Dupri was named the first recipient of the Otis Redding Excellence Award for his achievements both in and outside the studio. The award was launched this year to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Redding’s death.

Public Enemy received the 2006 Hip-Hop Founders Award in recognition of their long-standing influence throughout hip-hop.