Flashback: Johnny Cash ‘Hurt’ Feels MTV Love – Rolling Stone

With its vulnerable, unflinching depiction of Johnny Cash’s deteriorating health, the video for Cash’s stark interpretation of Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt” captured the attention of not only the country community, but the entire music industry. Even MTV, then still in the throes of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, recognized the brilliant gravity of “Hurt.” When the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards nominations were announced 11 years ago this week, Cash’s clip received six nods, including one for Video of the Year.

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