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Chris Brown Nabs Artist Of The Year

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Dec. 12 2008, Published 1:22 p.m. ET

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Billboard Magazine -- the bible of the record biz -- has named 18 year-old Chris Brown the top artist of 2008. He had previously won the honor in 2006.

"It's bigger than what I can ever imagine," he enthused. "It's unexpected totally, so it's a surprise."

The artist's hits this year include With You and Forever, along with duets like No Air with Jordin Sparks. Last month, he snagged 3 awards at the American Music Awards, among them artist of the year.

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The Billboard title is awarded based on sales, downloads, airplay, and other factors. The No. 2 artist was Lil Wayne, followed by Rihanna, Alicia Keys and Taylor Swift.

The charts are available on Billboard.com.

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