BMI songwriters and artists were among the top winners at last night's star-studded 1999 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas. Britney Spears heads the list with four awards including Female Artist of the Year, New Artist of the Year, Female Hot 100 Singles Artist of the Year and Female Albums Artist of the Year. Other big winners included the Dixie Chicks, who took home three awards for Country Artist of the Year, Country Albums Artist of the Year and Country Albums Artist Duo/Group of the Year, and Creed, who won Rock Artist of the Year and Rock Track of the Year for their smash "One."
Other top BMI winners included Mariah Carey who was named Artist of the Decade, R. Kelly who was named R&B Hip-Hop Artist of the Year and his Maxwell* hit "Fortunate" was named R&B Single of the Year, Juvenile's 400 Degreez was named R&B Album of the Year, Jay-Z was named Rap Artist of the Year, JT Money/Sol�'s "Who Dat" was named Rap Single of the Year, the Offspring was named Modern Rock Artist of the Year, and Sarah McLachlan's mega-hit "Angel" was named Adult Contemporary Track of the Year.
In addition, the Red Hot Chili Peppers were presented with a special award for setting an all-time Billboard record for the most weeks at No. 1 on the Modern Rock Track chart with their song "Scar Tissue."
* Artist not represented by BMI