Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, Ricky Martin Hold Court At Billboard Awards

Teen femme phenom Britney Spears and multi-platinum boy band the Backstreet Boys led all winners at last night's "Billboard" Music Awards at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, as both Spears and the Boys both took home four awards each.

Spears was honored as "Billboard" magazine's Female Artist Of The Year, New Artist Of The Year, Female Albums Artist of The Year, and Female Hot 100 Singles Artist Of The Year. The Backstreet Boys received awards for Artist Of The Year, Albums Artist Of The Year, and Albums Artist Duo/Group Of The Year. The band's most recent record, "Millennium," was recognized as the Album Of The Year.

Other multiple award winners included Latino superstar Ricky Martin and country trio the Dixie Chicks, both of whom won three "Billboard" Music Awards. And on differing ends of the rock spectrum, both Metallica and Creed were honored with two "Billboard" awards each.

R&B diva Mariah Carey was selected as the "Billboard" Artist Of The Decade,

an award that recognized the singer for her continued dominance of the pop charts in the '90s. Carey has scored 14 number one singles in her career, trailing only Elvis Presley and the Beatles (see "Mariah's 'Heartbreaker' Is A Record Breaker").

Another notable winner was Jay-Z, who was named the Rap Artist Of The Year less than a week after being arrested for an attack on a record executive at a nightclub in New York City (see "UPDATE: Jay-Z Charged With Felony Assault; Lawyer Maintains Rapper's Innocence"). The full list of winners from the "Billboard" Music Awards:

  • 1999 Billboard Century Award: Emmylou Harris
  • Artist Achievement Award: Aerosmith
  • Artist Of The Decade: Mariah Carey

  • Artist Of The Year: Backstreet Boys
  • Album Of The Year: "Millennium" - Backstreet Boys

  • Male Artist Of The Year: Ricky Martin
  • Female Artist

    Of The Year: Britney Spears

  • New Artist Of The Year: Britney Spears

  • Albums Artist Of The Year: Backstreet Boys
  • Albums Artist Duo/Group Of The Year: Backstreet Boys
  • Female Albums Artist Of The Year: Britney Spears

  • Male Hot 100 Singles Artist Of The Year: Ricky Martin
  • Female Hot 100 Singles Artist Of The Year: Britney Spears

  • R&B/Hip-Hop Artist Of The Year: R. Kelly
  • R&B Albums Artist Of The Year: DMX
  • R&B Album Of The Year: "400 Degreez" - Juvenile
  • R&B Single Of The Year: "Fortunate" - Maxwell

  • Rap Artist Of The Year: Jay-Z
  • Rap Single Of The Year: "Who Dat" - JT Money/Sole

  • Country Artist Of The Year: Dixie Chicks
  • Country Albums Artist Of The Year: Dixie Chicks
  • Country Albums Artist Duo/Group Of The Year: Dixie Chicks

  • Modern Rock Artist Of The Year: The Offspring
  • Modern Rock Track Of The Year: "My Own Worst Enemy" - Lit

  • Rock Artist Of The Year: Creed
  • Rock Track

    Of The Year: Creed's "One"

  • Adult Contemporary Track Of The Year: "Angel" - Sarah McLachlan

  • Catalog Artist Of The Year: Metallica
  • Catalog Album Of The Year: "Metallica" - Metallica

-- David Basham