John Michael “Ozzy” Osbourne was born December 3, 1948. He rose to prominence in the early 1970s as the lead vocalist of Black Sabbath, whose sound was influential to the development of heavy metal. Osbourne was fired from Black Sabbath in 1979 and has since had a successful solo career. He has reunited with Black Sabbath on several occasions. Osbourne’s longevity and success have earned him the informal title of “Godfather of Heavy Metal.” Osbourne’s total album sales from his years in Black Sabbath, combined with his solo work, is over 100 million. As a member of Black Sabbath, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and he was inducted into the U.K. Music Hall of Fame as a solo artist and as a member of the band. Osbourne has a star on the Birmingham Walk of Stars in his hometown as well as the Hollywood Walk of Fame. At the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards he received the Global Icon Award. In the early 2000s, he became a TV star, appearing as himself in the MTV reality program The Osbournes, alongside wife and manager Sharon and two of their three children, Kelly and Jack.
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