Top artists and songs of the 2000s (By sales and awards)

If you've been slacking on your music knowledge during trivia, this article is for you. While it's hard to know which artists were most popular in the 2000s, we have pooled the data to determine who was at the top of the music industry throughout the decade.

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Award-Winning Music

Norah Jones
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Grammy Awards

There are four main awards at the Grammy's which are worth discussing here. First, the Album of the Year recognizes a full album that is noteworthy for its popularity and artistic merit. The Record of the Year and Song of the Year categories focus on one song, with the "Record" award going to the performer(s) and the "Song" award going to the writer(s). Finally, Best New Artist helps to understand which performers broke into the industry that year, many of whom went on to win major awards in later years.

Year

Album of the Year

Record of the Year

Song of the Year

Best New Artist

2000

"Supernatural," Santana

"Smooth," Santana featuring Rob Thomas

"Smooth," Itaal Shur & Rob Thomas

Christina Aguilera

2001

"Two Against Nature," Steely Dan

"Beautiful Day," U2

"Beautiful Day," U2

Shelby Lynne

2002

"O Brother, Where Art Though?" (soundtrack)

"Walk On," U2

"Fallin'," Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys

2003

"Come Away With Me," Norah Jones

"Don't Know Why," Norah Jones

"Don't Know Why," Jesse Harris

Norah Jones

2004

"Speakerboxxx/The Love Below," OutKast

"Clocks," Coldplay

"Dance With My Father," Richard Marx & Luther Vandross

Evanescence

2005

"Genius Loves Company," Ray Charles

"Here We Go Again," Ray Charles & Norah Jones

"Daughters," John Mayer

Maroon 5

2006

"How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb," U2

"Boulevard of Broken Dreams," Green Day

"Sometimes You Can't Make It on Your Own," U2

John Legend

2007

"Taking The Long Way," Dixie Chicks

"Not Ready to Make Nice," Dixie Chicks

"Not Ready to Make Nice," Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines, Emily Robison & Dan Wilson

Carrie Underwood

2008

"River: The Joni Letters," Herbie Hancock

"Rehab," Amy Winehouse

"Rehab," Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse

2009

"Raising Sand," Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

"Please Read the Letter," Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

"Viva la Vida," Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion & Chris Martin

Adele

2010

"Fearless," Taylor Swift

"Use Somebody," Kings of Leon

"Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)," Thaddis Harrell, Beyoncé Knowles, Terius Nash & Christopher Stewart

Zac Brown Band

Note: 2010 is included to recognize the music released in 2009.

50 Cent
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Billboard Music Awards

The three awards depicted here include the Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, and Single of the Year. The Billboard Music Awards include top awards for most major music genres, but these three are some of the only awards that pit artists from different genres against each other. Frequently, hip hop and rap won out for Artist and Album of the Year, while pop and country won Single of the Year.

Year

Artist of the Year

Album of the Year

Single of the Year

2000

Destiny’s Child

"No Strings Attached," NSYNC

"Breathe," Faith Hill

2001

Destiny's Child

"1," The Beatles

"Hanging by a Moment," Lifehouse

2002

Nelly

"The Eminem Show," Eminem

"How You Remind Me," Nickelback

2003

50 Cent

“This Is the Night”/”Bridge Over Troubled Water,” Clay Aiken

2004

Usher

"Confessions," Usher

"Yeah!" Usher featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris; "I Believe," Fantasia

2005

50 Cent

The Massacre," 50 Cent

"We Belong Together," Mariah Carey; "Inside Your Heaven / Independence Day," Carrie Underwood

2006

Chris Brown

"Some Hearts," Carrie Underwood

"Bad Day," Daniel Powter

Note: The Billboard Music Awards did not take place from 2007 to 2010.

Kanye West, Taylor Swift
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MTV Video Music Awards

While the music industry was incredibly diverse in the 2000s, another major factor was which music videos drew the most attention. Of course, this wasn't a completely new phenomenon, as MTV had been showing videos since 1981. However, YouTube brought more focus to the visual media, as they were suddenly available to more people, with more freedom, than ever before.

Year

Video of the Year

Viewer's Choice

2000

"The Real Slim Shady," Eminem

"Bye Bye Bye," NSYNC

2001

"Lady Marmalade," Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mýa and P!nk (featuring Missy Elliott)

"Pop," NSYNC

2002

"Without Me," Eminem

"Everywhere," Michelle Branch

2003

"Work It," Missy Elliott

"Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous," Good Charlotte

2004

"Hey Ya!" Outkast

"Breaking the Habit," Linkin Park

2005

"Boulevard of Broken Dreams," Green Day

"American Idiot," Green Day

2006

"I Write Sins Not Tragedies," Panic! at the Disco

"Dance, Dance," Fall Out Boy

2007

"Umbrella," Rihanna (featuring Jay-Z)

2008

"Piece of Me," Britney Spears

2009

"Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)," Beyoncé

2010

"Bad Romance," Lady Gaga

Note: The Viewer's Choice Award category was eliminated after 2006, when all awards were based on audience votes.

Carrie Underwood
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American Music Awards

The American Music Awards experienced a major transition in 2006, when fans and audiences gained the ability to control who won, rather than it being decided purely by industry-based judges. This change can be seen in the preference of teen stars and singing competition winners in the latter years of the decade.

Year

Artist of the Year

New Artist of the Year

2001

NSYNC

2002

U2

2003

Madonna

2004

Kenny Chesney

Gretchen Wilson

2005

Kelly Clarkson

Sugarland

2006

Rascal Flatts

Carrie Underwood

2007

Carrie Underwood

Daughtry

2008

Chris Brown

Jonas Brothers

2009

Taylor Swift

Gloriana

2010

Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber

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