50 Cent Dominates Billboard Awards

Rapper 50 Cent took

top honors in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, as he walked off with six

trophies at the 2005 Billboard Music Awards.

The G-Unit General, who was nominated in eight different categories, took home

Billboard’s coveted Artist of the Year and Album of the Year trophies for

his sophomore album, The Massacre.

50 completed his coup by winning the Rap, R&B/Hip-Hop and

Hot 100 artist of the year titles, as well as, Ringtone of the Year award for

“Candy Shop” featuring Olivia.

In addition to 50, Kanye West also scored big when he was honored with Billboards

Artist Achievement Award.

West, the eighth Artist Achievement nominee, was recognized

for his artistic excellence and Billboard chart accomplishments.

Upon accepting his award, the Chicago MC noted, “When I first came out

I was a hot head. I thought I was the greatest. After all the accolades, the

Time covers, the awards, the music connecting with the people…after all

that…my greatest achievement is still thinking I'm the greatest."

Hosted by Hip-Hop legend LL Cool J., the awards show also featured performances

by R. Kelly, Pretty Ricky and Ciara.

Reggaetón star Daddy Yankee, who recently inked a sneaker

deal with Reebok, won two trophies, including Latin album of the year for Barrio


The Billboard Awards honor the most popular recordings and artists of the year

as determined by actual performance on the magazine's weekly charts.

The awards are

based on sales data compiled by Nielsen SoundScan with the winners being determined

by the 2005 year-end charts.