Cash Wins One MTV Video Music Award

An ailing Johnny Cash was unable to attend Thursday night’s (Aug. 28) MTV Music Video Awards, but he was on the minds of those attending the event at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. Nominated for six VMA awards, Cash’s only win was in the best cinematography category for “Hurt.” In the stark video, director Mark Romanek used the lyrics of the Nine Inch Nails song to reflect on Cash’s life and career. Although Cash was nominated in the best male video category, the trophy went to Justin Timberlake’s “Cry Me a River.” In accepting the award, the ‘NSYNC member told the crowd, “I want a recount. My grandfather raised me on Johnny Cash. I’m from Tennessee. … I guess I share this with him in some cool way.” Even Chris Rock, who hosted the awards show, noted backstage, “My favorite video of the year is probably the Johnny Cash video. … It’s just got a grittiness and a realness to it that you don’t see a lot.” Cash remained in stable condition Friday (Aug. 29) at Nashville’s Baptist Hospital where he’s undergoing treatment and observation for a stomach problem. He was admitted to the hospital on Aug. 25. 08/29/03