Timberlake beat Cash, who was forced to miss the awards due to a stomach illness, in the category, but he was determined to make sure the legend was recognised.
The pop star said, "This is a travesty. I demand a recount. My grandfather raised me on Johnny Cash, and I think he deserves this more than any of us in here tonight, so I guess in some cool way I share this award with him. He deserves a round of applause."
There was a further tribute from Viewers' Choice award winners GOOD CHARLOTTE, who remembered a late pal in their moment of triumph.
Band member BENJI MADDEN said, "We just lost somebody really special to us, so this night is dedicated to the THOMAS family."29/08/2003 07:40
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