Finalists have been announced for The 2006 Billboard Music Awards which will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Monday, Dec. 4 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.

Tony Bennett will receive the Century Award and the special will feature performances by Janet Jackson, Fergie, The Killers, Gwen Stefani, The Fray, Mary J. Blige, Ludacris, Pharrell and Young Jeezy. The 2006 Billboard Music Awards recognizes the year's leading artists and songs as determined by actual performance on Billboard's weekly charts. The show celebrates the record-buying, Internet-downloading and radio-listening public's favorite songs, albums and performers, creating a true souvenir of the year in music.

Based on sales data compiled by Nielsen SoundScan and radio information monitored by Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems, Billboard's music charts are the world's most authoritative. Winners are determined by the 2006 year-end charts, which reflect the weekly charts that Billboard published from December 2005 through November 2006.

Finalists and winners for the The 2006 Billboard Music Awards are based on the more than 250 annual chart recaps in Billboard's Year In Music issue, dated Dec. 23.

The finalists, by category, of The 2006 Billboard Music Awards are as follows (artists are listed in alphabetical order):

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:

Beyoncé

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

"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:

Beyoncé

Mary J. Blige

Mariah Carey

Duo/Group R&B/Hip-Hop Artist of the Year:

Dem Franchize Boyz

The Isley Brothers

Three 6 Mafia

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, Vol. 2," Lil Wayne

"Curtain Call: The Hits," Eminem

"King," T.I.

Rap Single of the Year:

"It's Goin' Down," Yung Joc

"Lean Wit It, Rock Wit It," Dem Franchize Boyz featuring Lil Peanut & Charlay

"Snap Yo Fingers," Lil Jon featuring E-40 & Sean Paul of the YoungBloodz

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

Duo/Group Country Artist of the Year:

Brooks & Dunn

Rascal Flatts

Sugarland

Country Album of the Year:

"Me and My Gang," Rascal Flatts

"Some Hearts," Carrie Underwood

"The Road and the Radio," Kenny Chesney

Country Single of the Year:

"If You're Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows)," Rodney Atkins

"Summertime," Kenny Chesney

The World, Brad Paisley

Modern Rock Artist of the Year:

AFI

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Shinedown

Modern Rock Single of the Year:

"Animal I Have Become," Three Days Grace

"Dani California," Red Hot Chili Peppers

"The Kill (Bury Me)," 30 Seconds to Mars

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

EDITOR'S NOTE: Listed below are the artists who are finalists in multiple award categories.

NICKELBACK (5 categories)

Artist of the Year

Duo/Group of the Year

Album of the Year

Rock Artist of the Year

Rock Album of the Year

RASCAL FLATTS (5 categories)

Artist of the Year

Duo/Group of the Year

Country Artist of the Year

Duo/Group Country Artist of the Year

Country Album of the Year

T.I. (5 categories)

R&B/Hip-Hop Artist of the Year

Male R&B/Hip-Hop Artist of the Year

R&B/Hip-Hop Album of the Year

Rap Artist of the Year

Rap Album of the Year

MARY J. BLIGE (5 categories)

Female Artist of the Year

R&B/Hip-Hop Artist of the Year

Female R&B Hip-Hop Artist of the Year

R&B/Hip-Hop Album of the Year

R&B/Hip-Hop Single of the Year

CARRIE UNDERWOOD (4 categories)

Album of the Year

Country Artist of the Year

Female Country Artist of the Year

Country Album of the Year

NE-YO (4 Categories)

Male Artist of the Year

New Artist of the Year

Male R&B/Hip-Hop Artist

R&B/Hip-Hop Single

JAMIE FOXX (4 categories)

R&B/Hip-Hop Artist of the Year

Male R&B Hip-Hop Artist of the Year

R&B/Hip-Hop Album of the Year

R&B/Hip-Hop Single of the Year (featuring Ludacris)

KENNY CHESNEY (4 categories)

Country Artist of the Year

Male Country Artist of the Year

Country Album of the Year

Country Single of the Year

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS (4 categories)

Modern Rock Artist of the Year

Modern Rock Single of the Year

Rock Single of the Year

Rock Album of the Year

CHRIS BROWN (3 categories)

Artist of the Year

Male Artist of the Year

New Artist of the Year

SEAN PAUL (3 categories)

Male Artist of the Year

Hot 100 Single of the Year

Pop Single of the Year

NELLY FURTADO (featuring Timbaland) (2 categories)

Hot 100 Single of the Year

Pop Single of the Year

"HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL" (2 categories)

Album of the Year

Soundtrack Album of the Year

BEYONCÉ (2 categories)

Female Artist of the Year

Female R&B/Hip-Hop Artist

YUNG JOC (2 categories)

Rap Artist of the Year

Rap Single of the Year

DEM FRANCHIZE BOYZ (2 categories)

Duo/Group R&B/Hip-Hop Artist of the Year

Rap Single of the Year (featuring Lil Peanut & Charlay)

SHINEDOWN (2 categories)

Modern Rock Artist of the Year

Rock Artist of the Year

THREE DAYS GRACE (2 categories)

Modern Rock Single of the Year

Rock Single of the Year