updated 04/15/2008 AT 7:00 AM ET
•originally published 04/15/2008 AT 9:35 AM ET
The rapper – wearing a black cowboy hat, black duster jacket and black zip-up ankle boots – was in high demand backstage.
Swift grabbed him for photos, saying “I’m a huge fan!” At another point, he and Jason Aldean were spotted comparing cowboy boots. “Snoop said he liked my boots with the square toe and then he said I was a pimp,” boasted Aldean. “That’s got to be the ultimate compliment, when Snoop calls you a pimp.”
So what on earth was the hip-hop star doing at a country awards show? “I actually did a country song on my new album called My Medicine that was inspired by Johnny Cash,” Snoop told PEOPLE at the event. “[Country music] inspires me and it makes me feel so good hearing it, so I really wanted to come and be a part of this heritage.”
Snoop is a huge fan of the Man in Black – thanks, he says, to Cash’s “heart, his soul, his music” – but it seems he still has a bit to learn when it comes to contemporary country crooners.
In the midst of his interview with PEOPLE, the Father Hood star stopped mid-sentence to gape at LeAnn Rimes, who was posing for pictures nearby. “Wow – damn! Who is that?” he asked.
Upon learning her identity, Snoop gushed, “She is beautiful! Wow, wow, wow.”
He then turned to the 25-year-old singer and asked, “Can I meet you?” (She responded, “Nice to meet you, sir.”)
Snoop couldn’t leave before adding one last compliment: “You look like Marilyn Monroe!”