Beyoncé, R. Kelly Top Billboard Music Awards
Beyoncé and R. Kelly were the big winners at the 14th annual Billboard Music Awards, held last night (Dec. 10) at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas and aired live on Fox. Each snared four trophiesBeyoncé and R. Kelly were the big winners at the 14th annual Billboard Music Awards, held last night (Dec. 10) at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas and aired live on Fox. Each snared four trophies, while Lil Jon & the Eastside Boyz, Shania Twain and 50 Cent each took home three awards.
Beyoncé, who performed her new single, "Me, Myself & I," on the broadcast, won awards for Hot 100 female artist, new R&B artist, new female artist and a special Hot 100 award for most weeks this year at No. 1 (17 weeks). Kelly, who performed his No. 1 R&B hit "Step in the Name of Love," took home statues for Hot 100 producer, R&B producer, Hot 100 songwriter and R&B songwriter.
Twain, who sang her current chart climber "She's Not Just a Pretty Face," captured top country artist, country albums artist and country album for her Mercury release "Up," while 50 Cent, who did not attend, snared the evening's top prize, artist of the year, as well as R&B artist and rap artist.
3 Doors Down won the duo/group of the year and Hot 100 group artist awards. Audioslave accepted trophies for modern rock artist and rock artist, while OutKast accepted the digital track trophy for "Hey Ya!"
Clay Aiken, who performed the single "Invisible," got an award for bestselling single of the year for his debut "This Is the Night"/"Bridge Over Troubled Water." Black Eyed Peas garnered the mainstream top 40 track award for their hit, "Where Is the Love."
Sting, who was presented the Century Award, Billboard's highest honor for distinguished creative achievement, by Stevie Wonder, performed "Send Your Love," from his new A&M album, "Sacred Love."
Winners announced at the show but not presented on the broadcast included new group artist to Evanescence, who also won soundtrack single for "Bring Me To Life"; Trapt for rock track and modern rock track ("Headstrong"); Chingy for new male R&B artist and #1 Rhythmic Top 40 title ("Right Thurr"), and Josh Groban for #1 Classical Crossover artist and #1 Classical Crossover album ("Closer," Warner Bros.).
"American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest emceed the show, which also featured performances from Evanescence, No Doubt, Foo Fighters and Pink.
Winners are culled from charts in the Billboard "Year in Music" spotlight, with ranks reflecting overall performance on the weekly Billboard charts from December 2002 through November 2003. The weekly charts are determined by sales data from Nielsen SoundScan and radio information compiled by Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems.
For a full list of winners, click here.