Britney Spears leads the list of finalists for the 1999 Billboard Music Awards, to be held Dec. 8 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. She is in the running in six categories: artist of the year, female artist, new artist, Hot 100 singles artist, album artist, and album of the year ("...Baby One More Time").
Among the acts scheduled to play at the show are Metallica, Spears; Ricky Martin; Jennifer Lopez; LeAnn Rimes; and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Backstreet Boys, Kelly, Vitamin C, and Brian McKnight will make special appearances on the program, along with Celine Dion, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Christina Aguilera, Aerosmith, Lou Bega, 98 Degrees, 'N Sync, Mary J. Blige, Everlast, ZZ Top, Sugar Ray, and Blink 182.
Full list of the finalists: