Stars Unite in Vegas for Billboard Music Awards
December 7, 2005

Music fans hit the jackpot in Las Vegas Tuesday night, where rock, pop, rap, country and hip-hop collided at the Billboard Music Awards.

The stars were also out in full force. Pamela Anderson was red hot in yellow, Carmen Electra shined in silver and no one sparkled more than Pharrell.

"American Idol's" Bo Bice and triple-award winner Carrie Underwood enjoyed seeing their favorite music stars. Gwen Stefani was in full bloom, taking home two awards.

But the night belonged to Green Day, who brought down the house and won six awards, tying with 50 Cent for top honors.

R&B star Ciara also flew sky high, and Mariah Carey busted out in a body-hugging gown to accept her five statuettes.

Only "Extra" was backstage as Mariah and the other winners posed for People magazine's photo gallery. "My year has been spectacular," Mariah told us. "Everybody's life we go through ups and downs, it's all about how you handle it and what you learn from it."

Meanwhile, Shakira walked home with three Billboard Awards, and country star Toby Keith lassoed two.

Legend Tom Petty was honored with the Century Award, and he told us, "It felt really warm, like the audience was very nice."

Artist Achievement Award winner Kanye West was already looking forward to the announcement of Thursday's Grammy nominations. "You take a picture of me doing all different numbers," West told us. "And it'll be like I predicted the amount of nominations in advance."

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