Underwood, T.I. win three trophies each

Mary J. Blige was the big winner at Monday’s Billboard Awards, taking home nine awards for categories including Hot 100 airplay song of the year and videoclip of the year. The diva swept most of the R&B/hip-hop categories with wins for female artist, best artist, songs artist, and album artist. Her latest disc “The Breakthrough” won album of the year, while the hit single “Be Without You” won song of the year.

Carrie Underwood and rapper T.I. tied for second with five wins each. The American Idol winner’s debut album “Some Hearts” won the coveted album of the year prize. Underwood also took home the statuette for best artist and album of the year in the country category. T.I. took top prizes in the rap category, winning both artist and album of the year for “King.”

The Fray nabbed a trio of trophies in the digital categories, including digital album of the year for “How to Save a Life,” songs artist and album artist of the year.

Chris Brown, Nickelback and Rihanna each scored three trophies a piece at the kudocast.

Music legend Tony Bennett was paid special tribute with the Billboard Century Award.

Performances at the Billboard Awards included Janet Jackson, Fergie, will.i.am, Ludacris, Pharrell, Gwen Stefani and the night’s big winner, Blige. Nickelback, Kid Rock and ZZ Top closed the show.

The Billboard Awards were held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

The winners of the 2006 Billboard Awards:

Billboard Century Award: Tony Bennett

Artist duo/group of the year: Nickelback

Artist of the year: Chris Brown

New artist of the year: Chris Brown

Album of the year: “Some Hearts,” Carrie Underwood

Female artist of the year: Rihanna

Male artist of the year: Chris Brown

Female Billboard 200 album artist of the year: Carrie Underwood

Hot 100 artist duo/group of the year: Nickelback

Hot 100 airplay song of the year: “Be Without You,” Mary J. Blige

Female Hot 100 artist of the year: Rihanna

Pop 100 single of the year: “Promiscuous,” Nelly Furtado featuring Timbaland

Pop 100 artist of the year: Rihanna

Rap artist of the year: T.I.

Rap album of the year: “King,” T.I.

Rap album artist of the year: T.I.

Rap songs artist of the year: T.I.

Country songs artist of the year: Kenny Chesney

Country album of the year: “Some Hearts,” Carrie Underwood

New country artist of the year: Carrie Underwood

Female country artist of the year: Carrie Underwood

Female R&B/hip-hop artist of the year: Mary J. Blige

R&B/hip-hop artist of the year: Mary J. Blige

R&B/hip-hop songs artist of the year: Mary J. Blige

R&B/hip-hop album artist of the year: Mary J. Blige

R&B hip-hop album of the year: “The Breakthrough,” Mary J. Blige

R&B/hip-hop song of the year: “Be Without You,” Mary J. Blige

R&B/hip-hop song airplay of the year: “Be Without You,” Mary J. Blige

Rock Album of the year: “All the Right Reasons,” Nickelback

Rock song of the year: “Animal I Have Become,” Three Days Grace

Soundtrack album of the year: “High School Musical”

Digital album of the year: “How to Save a Life,” the Fray

Digital album artist of the year: The Fray

Digital songs artist of the year: The Fray

Videoclip of the year: “Be Without You,” Mary J. Blige

Videoclips artist of the year: T.I.

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