American Idol alumna Carrie Underwood and Atlanta rapper T.I. earned a whopping five awards each, leading the list of BMI chart-toppers who collected trophies at the 2006 Billboard Music Awards, held Dec. 4 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. T.I.'s handful of awards included a sweep of the rap genre with his album King and the Videoclips Artist of the Year win. Underwood won Album of the Year for her Some Hearts debut in both the Billboard 200 and country categories.
|Carrie Underwood||T.I.||Chris Brown|
Coming in with three Billboard Awards was newcomer Chris Brown, who was named New Artist, Artist and Male Artist of the Year. Rock troupe Nickelback also took home three statuettes, including Rock Album of the Year for their multi-platinum smash All the Right Reasons, as did Rihanna, who won in the female artist, female Hot 100 artist and Pop 100 artist of the year categories.
|Rihanna||Three Days Grace|
Also on the winners list was hard-hitting band Three Days Grace, who earned the Rock Song of the Year award for their runaway hit "Animal I Have Become."
Finalists and winners are determined by actual performance on Billboard's charts, with sales data compiled by Nielsen SoundScan and radio play tracked by Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems.
BMI's 2006 Billboard Music Awards winners:
Rap Artist of the Year
Rap Album of the Year
Rap Album Artist of the Year
Rap Songs Artist of the Year
Videoclips Artist of the Year
Album of the Year
Female Billboard 200 Album Artist of the Year
Country Album of the Year
New Country Artist of the Year
Female Country Artist of the Year
New Artist of the Year
Artist of the Year
Male Artist of the Year
Female Artist of the Year
Female Hot 100 Artist of the Year
Pop 100 Artist of the Year
Artist Duo/Group of the Year
Hot 100 Artist Duo/Group of the Year
Rock Album of the Year
Three Days Grace
Rock Song of the Year