Actor Terrence Howard prefers Kelly Clarkson to rap music, even though he is nominated for an Oscar for playing a pimp with hip-hop ambitions in HUSTLE + FLOW.

The CRASH star had to put his personal taste in music aside to play DJAY, the short-tempered hustler who dreams of making it big in the music industry.

Howard prefers the music of James Taylor, Paul Simon and Jim Croce and especially likes Clarkson's "voice and attitude".

He says, "After you've done it, you've got to take pride in your work. I love my emotionally, morally deformed child (DJay)."