Country singer Johnny Cash, who died in September, was honoured with three prizes at the 37th Annual Country Music Awards in Nashville on Wednesday night.
Johnny Cash won three of the four categories for which he was nominated
Cash won best album, best single and best video at the awards.
The best single and best video prizes were won for his cover of the song Hurt by rock group Nine Inch Nails.
"It's amazing my father had such a life that he could expose himself and still never lose his dignity," said son John Carter Cash, accepting the awards.
The 5,000 strong audience at the awards gave a standing ovation to Cash's wins.
Cash's best album award was for American IV, which was up against the Dixie Chicks' Home, Joe Nichols' Man With a Memory, Tim McGraw's Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors, and Toby Keith's Unleashed.
The singer, who had become an icon of US country music thanks to standards such as Ring of Fire and I Walk the Line, was 71 when he died from diabetes complications in September.
Cash won in every category he was nominated in, bar one, vocal event.
Jimmy Buffett and Alan Jackson performed at the show
"I don't believe it's a token recognition," John Carter Cash said. "This is about a great impact in the history of music.
"It's been a pretty tough year, pretty intense," he said. "But coming here tonight is almost like a beginning for my father in a lot of ways."
Cash's wife June Carter Cash had died in May, while her daughter Rosey Nix Adams, was found dead in her camper bus last month, from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning.
The other major winner was singer Alan Jackson, who tied with Cash with three awards.
He won vocal event of the year for his hit duet with Jimmy Buffett, It's Five O'Clock Somewhere. Jackson also won male vocalist of the year and entertainer of the year.
The three awards gave Jackson a tally of 16 awards in his career.
Singer Norah Jones duetted with Dolly Parton
"Thank you, Alan Jackson - I'm glad I can help your
struggling career," Buffett said of their win.
The ceremony included a duet between country singer Dolly Parton and jazz sensation Norah Jones.
Leading the nominations was singer Toby Keith, the singer behind the patriotic post-11 September country standard Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American).
He had seven nominations, but he failed to win any awards.
The Dixie Chicks, the all-female vocal group who caused controversy in country circles for comments against the Iraq war earlier in the year, were also nominated unsuccessfully. They did not attend the event.