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Billboard Music Awards Rocked Vegas!

12/7/2005 4:31 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The 11th Annual Billboard Music Awards aired from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas last night. A slew of today's top artists performed at the event, including Green Day, Gwen Stefani, R. Kelly, Toby Keith, Ciara and Carrie Underwood.


Hosted by L.L. Cool J, the event aired live on FOX as it has since its inception 11 years ago.

Among the top nominees were 50 Cent with eight nominations, Mariah Carey with seven, and Green Day with six.

Billboard Awards are determined by album sales as measured by Nielsen SoundScan and radio data compiled by Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems. So while there aren't typically many suprises as to who wins, anything can happen when you get this many rockers under one roof.

Some of the moments that were worth watching were Kanye West receiving this year's Artist Achievement Award, R. Kelly performing "Let your light shine" as a tribute to the victims of hurricanes this last year and Tom Petty taking home the Century Award, Billboard's highest honor for creative achievement.
Maxim hosted the after-party at Vegas' Hard Rock Hotel and the celebrities showed up in droves. TMZ takes you to the bash with stars like Carrie Underwood, Alan Jackson, Carey Hart and '24' hottie Roger Cross.

List of winners.

Billboard Century Award: Tom Petty

Artist Achievement Award: Kanye West

Artist of the Year: 50 Cent

New Artist of the Year: Gwen Stefani

Album of the Year: "The Massacre," 50 Cent

Billboard 200 Album Group of the Year: Green Day

Female Billboard 200 Album Artist of the Year: Mariah Carey

Pop Group of the Year: Green Day

Hot 100 Artist of the Year: 50 Cent

Hot 100 Group of the Year: Green Day

Hot 100 Song of the Year: "We Belong Together," Mariah Carey

Hot 100 Airplay of the Year: "We Belong Together," Mariah Carey

Top-Selling Hot 100 Song of the Year: "Inside Your Heaven/Independence Day," Carrie Underwood

Rhythmic Top 40 Title of the Year: "We Belong Together," Mariah Carey

R&B/Hip-Hop Artist of the Year: 50 Cent

Female R&B/Hip-Hop Artist of the Year: Mariah Carey

R&B/Hip-Hop Group of the Year: Destiny's Child

R&B/Hip-Hop Song of the Year: "Let Me Love You," Mario

R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay Song of the Year: "Let Me Love You," Mario

Rap Artist of the Year: 50 Cent

Rap Song of the Year: "Lovers & Friends," Lil Jon & the Eastside Boyz featuring Usher & Ludacris

Rock Artist of the Year: Green Day

Rock Song of the Year: Boulevard of Broken Dreams," Green Day

Modern Rock Artist of the Year: Green Day

Ringtone of the Year" "Candy Shop," 50 Cent featuring Olivia

Digital Song of the Year: "Hollaback Girl," Gwen Stefani

Country Artist of the Year: Toby Keith

Country Album Artist of the Year: Toby Keith

Country Single Sales Artist of the Year: Carrie Underwood

Top-Selling Country Single of the Year: "Inside Your Heaven/Independence Day," Carrie Underwood

Latin Album Artist of the Year: Daddy Yankee

Latin Album of the Year: "Barrio Fino," Daddy Yankee

Latin Song of the Year: "La Tortura," Shakira featuring Alejandro Sanz

Latin Pop Album of the Year: "Fijacion Oral Vol. 1," Shakira

Latin Pop Album Artist of the Year: Shakira
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