No Britney Spears, No Paris Hilton; 2006 Billboard Music Awards Rock On

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With late exits from scheduled co-hosts Britney Spears and Paris Hilton threatening to steal the show, the 2006 Billboard Music Awards turned to what they had left and it proved to be more than enough to keep fans happy.

Strong performances from Mary J. Blige, Janet Jackson, Nickelback, Gwen Stefani, and Fergie kept things rocking at the awards show that honors the artists who have topped the charts through record sales and airplay.

Blige's legs were tired by the end of the night, having to walk to the stage nine times to pick up awards for her album, "The Breakthrough." The 35-year-old was presented with awards for R&B/Hip-Hop Artist of the Year, Female R&B Artist of the Year, and R&B/Hip-Hop Album of the Year.

"American Idol" winner Carrie Underwood continued her dominance in the country music world, grabbing honors for Country Artist of the Year, Country Female Artist of the Year, and Country Album of the Year for "Some Hearts". Underwood's fame crossed the music divide and earned her Album of the Year as well.

Female Artist of the Year went to 18-year-old Rihanna. Accepting the award, the teenager from Barbados said "I really can't feel my legs, this is phenomenal."

The teenage trend continued with Chris Brown, the 17-year-old took home awards for Artist of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, and New Artist of the Year.

Tony Bennett was given Billboard's life time achievement award, the Billboard Century Award.

Artist of the year

Chris Brown
Nickelback
Rascal Flatts

Male artist of the year

Chris Brown
Ne-Yo
Sean Paul

Female artist of the year

Beyonce
Mary J. Blige
Rihanna

Duo/group of the year

Nickelback
The Pussycat Dolls
Rascal Flatts

New artist of the year

Chris Brown
The Fray
Ne-Yo

Album of the year

"All the Right Reasons," Nickelback
"High School Musical" soundtrack, Various Artists
"Some Hearts," Carrie Underwood

Hot 100 single of the year

"Bad Day," Daniel Powter
"Promiscuous," Nelly Furtado featuring Timbaland
"Temperature," Sean Paul

Pop single of the year

"Hips Don't Lie," Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean
"Promiscuous," Nelly Furtado featuring Timbaland
"Temperature," Sean Paul

Soundtrack album of the year

"Get Rich or Die Tryin'"
"High School Musical"
"Walk the Line"

R&B/Hip-Hop artist of the year

Mary J. Blige
Jamie Foxx
T.I.

Male R&B/Hip-Hop artist of the year

Jamie Foxx
Ne-Yo
T.I.

Female R&B/Hip-Hop artist of the year

Beyonce
Mary J. Blige
Mariah Carey

R&B/Hip-Hop album of the year

"The Breakthrough," Mary J. Blige
"King," T.I.
"Unpredictable," Jamie Foxx

R&B/Hip-Hop single of the year

"Be Without You," Mary J. Blige
"So Sick," Ne-Yo
"Unpredictable," Jamie Foxx featuring Ludacris

Rap artist of the year

Sean Paul
T.I.
Yung Joc

Rap album of the year

"Tha Carter II," Lil Wayne
"Curtain Call: The Hits," Eminem
"King," T.I.

Country artist of the year

Kenny Chesney
Rascal Flatts
Carrie Underwood

Male country artist of the year

Kenny Chesney
Toby Keith
Tim McGraw

Female country artist of the year

Faith Hill
Carrie Underwood
Gretchen Wilson

Country album of the year

"Me and My Gang," Rascal Flatts
"Some Hearts," Carrie Underwood
"The Road and the Radio," Kenny Chesney

Rock artist of the year

Disturbed
Nickelback
Shinedown

Rock single of the year

"Animal I Have Become," Three Days Grace
"Dani California," Red Hot Chili Peppers
"Speak," Godsmack

Rock album of the year

"All the Right Reasons," Nickelback
"Back to Bedlam," James Blunt
"Stadium Arcadium," Red Hot Chili Peppers

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