Jamie Foxx tops the list of finalists for this year's Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Awards. Foxx, who took home an Academy Award for his portrayal of Ray Charles, is a contender in eight categories includ

Jamie Foxx tops the list of finalists for this year's Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Awards. Foxx, who took home an Academy Award for his portrayal of Ray Charles, is a contender in eight categories including top R&B/hip-hop album and top R&B/hip-hop artist.

Foxx's collaborations with Kanye West on “Gold Digger” and Ludacris on “Unpredictable” are both in the running in two categories, including top R&B/hip-hop song.

The awards ceremony will close Billboard's seventh annual R&B/Hip-Hop Conference, to be held Sept. 6-8 at the Renaissance Waverly in Atlanta.
West, Mariah Carey and Mary J. Blige are all contenders in seven categories, including top R&B/hip-hop album and top R&B/hip-hop album artist.

Young Jeezy will compete in four categories, including best rap album for “Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101.” He is also in the running for top new artist alongside Ne-Yo, Keyshia Cole and Chris Brown.

Alicia Keys, last year's top R&B/hip-hop female artist winner, and Destiny's Child, winners of last year’s honor for top R&B/hip-hop duo or group, return as finalists this year in those same categories.

The Black Eyed Peas are in the running for for best duo or group and best rap album for “Monkey Business.” And T.I. is a finalist in two categories, including top male R&B/hip-hop artist.

Top songwriter finalists are Johnta Austin, Robert Kelly, Scott Storch and Jermaine Dupri. Storch and Dupri are also finalists for top producer along with Mr. Collipark and Bryan Michael-Cox.

Interscope, which won the award for top major label last year, returns as a finalist along with the Atlantic Group, Sony Music and Island Def Jam Music Group. Two-time top independent label winner TVT is in line to take the title for the third consecutive year, with competition from Koch, Invisible and Ruthless.

The Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Awards honor the most popular albums, songs and artists as well as the top songwriters, producers and major/independent labels. The awards are based on sales data from Nielsen SoundScan and radio airplay information for Nielsen BDS.

This year's finalists reflect the performance of recordings on the Billboard R&B/hip-hop and rap charts during the period from May 28, 2005, through the issue dated May 20, 2006. New artists are those who have not appeared on a Billboard album chart prior to the March 26, 2005, issue or have not been a new artist finalist in the past.

For a complete list of the finalists as well as conference updates, visit billboardevents.com.