FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR 'THE 2003 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS' AIRING LIVE DEC. 10 ON FOX
50 Cent, R. Kelly, Beyonce, Sean Paul and Dixie Chicks Finalists in Multiple Categories 'Digital Track of The Year' to be Awarded for First Time
THE 2003 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS announced finalists in categories scheduled to be honored this year live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Wednesday, Dec. 10 (8:00-10:00 PM ET Live/PT Tape Delayed) on FOX. In recognition of the growing importance of legal digital downloads, Billboard has created and will award during the broadcast the 'Digital Track of the Year' award, honoring the artist who's track has achieved the most legal downloads over the internet.
"For the first time, Billboard is introducing a 'Digital Track of the Year' award", says Billboard Editor-in-Chief Keith Girard. "This marks a significant milestone in the industry and signals the beginning of an exciting future for music."
Featuring performances by Sting, Beyonce, No Doubt, Clay Aiken, Foo Fighters, Shania Twain and Evanescence the BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS recognizes the year's leading artists and songs as determined by actual performance on Billboard's weekly charts. Based on sales data compiled by Nielsen SoundScan and radio information monitored by Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems, Billboard's charts are the world's most authoritative music charts. Winners are decided by the 2003 year-end charts, which reflect the weekly charts that Billboard publishes from December 2002 through November 2003. The show celebrates the record-buying and radio-listening public's absolute favorite songs, albums and performers, creating a true souvenir of the year in music. Billboard Magazine's year end issue, scheduled to hit newsstands on December 20, will announce all award winners in all categories honored this year.
The finalists, by category, of The 2003 Billboard Music Awards are as follows (artists are listed in alphabetical order):
Album of the Year
50 Cent - "Get Rich Or Die Tryin'"
Dixie Chicks - "Home"
Norah Jones - "Come Away With Me"
Shania Twain - "Up!"
Artist of the Year
Duo/Group Artist of the Year
3 Doors Down
New Artist of the Year
Hot 100 Single of the Year
50 Cent - "In Da Club"
Beyonce Featuring Jay-Z - "Crazy In Love"
R. Kelly - "Ignition"
Sean Paul - "Get Busy"
R&B/Hip Hop Artist of the Year
R&B/Hip-Hop Duo/Group of the Year
Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz
R&B/Hip-Hop New Artist of the Year
Rap Artist of the Year
Rock Artist of the Year
3 Doors Down
Modern Rock Artist of the Year
Country Artist of the Year
Best Selling Single of the Year
American Idol Finalists – "God Bless The U.S.A."
Clay Aiken - "This Is The Night" / "Bridge Over Troubled Water"
Kid Rock Featuring Allison Moorer – "Picture"
Ruben Studdard – "Flying Without Wings" / "Superstar"
Hot 100 Male Artist of the Year
Hot 100 Female Artist of the Year
Hot 100 Duo/Group Artist of the Year
3 Doors Down
Hot 100 Producer of the Year
Steven "Lenky" Marsden
Internet Artist of the Year
Digital Track of the Year
Beyonce Featuring Jay-Z – "Crazy In Love"
Black Eyed Peas – "Where is The Love?"
Coldplay – "Clocks"
OutKast – "Hey Ya!"
Bob Bain returns for his eighth year as executive producer of the BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS. Greg Sills will serve as supervising producer. Paul Flattery and Michael Levitt are producers. Bruce Gowers is the show's director and Wylleen May is the executive in charge of production.