Best New Artist
updated 02/09/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 02/09/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST
50 Cent *
Fountains of Wayne
Having been an underground rapper on the mix-tape circuit long before recording his multiplatinum major-label debut, Get Rich or Die Try in', 50 Cent isn't exactly a "new" artist. Still, he has emerged as the biggest hip-hop phenom since his mentor Eminem. That easily earns 50 props here, with pop-rockers Fountains of Wayne (who have also been around) a distant second. Rock act Evanescence, R&B diva Headley and dancehall star Paul are also-rans.