Superstar rapper SNOOP DOGG stunned thousands of heavy metal fans at a tribute to rock gods METALLICA - by performing his own ode to the band.

Snoop joined Kelly Osbourne, Linkin Park, Limp Bizkit and other rock stars at the MTVICON bash in Hollywood on Saturday night (03MAY03) - dressed as a rocker in a black Metallica T-shirt and black jeans - and performed a cover of 1991 hit SAD BUT TRUE.

The GIN + Juice hip-hopper explains his unlikely appearance, "I just snatched something out the closet that was so relevant to what I was gonna do tonight.

"That's what it's all about. Trying to be a part of this movement. They're icons. They've gotta know they've got a rapper loving them and enjoying everything that they do."

06/05/2003 17:23