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Cron job not abiding by the nice command

I got a script that backs up minecraft worlds, when ran by command (nice -19 ./backup.sh) it doesn't lag what so ever, server load stays low. When I try to do nice -19 ./backup.sh in a cronjob, it ...
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Nicing processes and unresponsive computers

I've a of process running on a machine. The machines are 6-core hyperthreaded for an effective total of 12 cores and the process takes 400% of the cpu so 4 cores. I niced the process to +19 for a ...
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Linux command line: run mon nice and C exectuable together

I'm trying to run ./a.out, but monitored (using mon) and nice'd to highest priority. Here are the commands separately: nice -n -20 /home/pi/a.out //works fine mon /home/pi/a.out //works fine ...