R+B star Mary J Blige dominated the 2006 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas yesterday (04DEC06), scooping nine awards with her latest album The Breakthrough.

The singer, 36, picked up a host of trophies including best R+B/Hip-Hop Artist Of The Year, Female R+B Artist Of The Year, R+B Album Artist Of The Year and R+B/Hip-Hop Album Of The Year.

Youngsters Chris Brown and Rihanna also stole the show, with 17-year-old Brown taKing home took home New Artist Of The Year, Male Artist Of The Year and Artist Of The Year awards. Meanwhile 18-year-old Barbadian Rihanna beat Blige and Beyonce Knowles to take Female Artist Of The Year.

Country crossover Carrie Underwood's disc SOME HEARTS won both Country Album and Album Of The Year. The American Idol winner was also named Female Country Artist Of The Year.

Canadian rockers Nickelback'S ALL THE RIGHT REASONS, won Rock Album Of The Year And Artist-Duo/Group Of The Year.

The full list of winners is:

Artist Of The Year: CHRIS BROWN
Male Artist Of The Year: CHRIS BROWN
Female Artist Of The Year: RIHANNA
Artist-Duo/Group Of The Year: NICKELBACK
New Artist Of The Year: CHRIS BROWN
Female Billboard 200 Album Artist Of The Year: CARRIE UNDERWOOD
Hot 100 Artists-Duo/Group Of The Year: NICKELBACK
Hot 100 Song Of The Year Of The Year: MARY J BLIGE, BE WITHOUT YOU
Female Hot 100 Artist Of The Year: RIHANNA
Pop 100 Artist Of The Year: RIHANNA
R+B/Hip-Hop Artist Of The Year: MARY J BLIGE
R+B/Hip-Hop Album Of The Year: MARY J BLIGE, THE BREAKTHROUGH
R+B/Hip-Hop Song Of The Year: MARY J BLIGE, BE WITHOUT YOU
R+B/Hip-Hop Songs Artist Of The Year: MARY J BLIGE
R+B Album Artist Of The Year: MARY J. BLIGE
R+B/Hip-Hop Song Airplay Of The Year: MARY J BLIGE, BE WITHOUT YOU
Female R+B/Hip-Hop Artist Of The Year: MARY J BLIGE
Videoclip Of The Year: MARY J BLIGE, BE WITHOUT YOU
Rap Artist Of The Year: T.I.
Rap Album Of The Year: T.I., KING
Rap Album Artist Of The Year: T.I.
Rap Songs Artist Of The Year: T.I.
Videoclips Artist Of The Year: T.I.
Album Of The Year: CARRIE UNDERWOOD, SOME HEARTS
Country Album Of The Year: CARRIE UNDERWOOD, SOME HEARTS
Female Country Artist Of The Year: CARRIE UNDERWOOD
Male Country Artist Of The Year: Kenny Chesney
New Country Artist Of The Year: CARRIE UNDERWOOD
Country Songs Artist Of The Year: KENNY CHESNEY
Rock Single Of The Year: Three Days Grace, ANIMAL I HAVE BECOME
Rock Album Of The Year: NICKELBACK, ALL THE RIGHT REASONS
Pop Single Of The Year: Nelly Furtado, PROMISCUOUS (FEATURING TIMBALAND)
Digital Album Of The Year: THE FRAY, HOW TO SAVE A LIFE
Digital Songs Artist Of The Year: THE FRAY
Digital Album Artist Of The Year: THE FRAY
Soundtrack Album Of The Year: HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL.