Taken from Independent (May 30, 2018)
Ozzy Osbourne to be honoured as Metal Hammerâ€™s Golden God
The Black Sabbath singer will pick up the this yearâ€™s award for his solo work after his band were given the prize in 2017.
by Andrew Arthur, Press Association Entertainment Reporter
Ozzy Osbourne will be honoured with the Golden God lifetime achievement award by Metal Hammer this year (Yui Mok/PA)
Black Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne will receive the equivalent of a lifetime achievement gong at Metal Hammerâ€™s Golden God Awards after his band were awarded the same honour at last yearâ€™s event.
Osbourne, 69, will be recognised for his almost 50-year career, including his pioneering work in the Birmingham metal band Black Sabbath and his long solo career.
Speaking after it was announced he would be recognised with this yearâ€™s prize Osbourne said: â€śWhat an immense honour it is to be getting a second Golden God Award after Sabbath picked one up last year.
â€śThe fans who have supported me and this music mean everything to me, which is why getting this award is so special. I will see you all down there.â€ť
The singer, who is often known as The Prince of Darkness, founded Black Sabbath in 1969 alongside guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward before leaving in 1978.
The group are widely credited with inventing and popularising the heavy mental genre of music.
Osbourne reunited with Iommi and Butler for an album in 2013 which was called 13.
On February 4 2017 the trio brought the curtain down on the bandâ€™s career with the final show of a farewell tour in their home city of Birmingham.
As a solo artist Osbourne has released 11 albums with his debut Blizzard Of Ozz arriving in 1980. It featured two of his most revered songs Crazy Train and Mr Crowley.
Osbourne has sold over 100 million records worldwide as Black Sabbathâ€™s frontman and on his own.
As well as his music, Osbourneâ€™s antics have gone down in rock folklore.
During one infamous incident he bit a batâ€™s head off during a concert in the US state of Iowa in 1982.
Reality TV documentary series The Osbournes, which gave a fly-on-the-wall glimpse into his familyâ€™s everyday life, aired on MTV between 2002 and 2005.
Previous recipients of Metal Hammerâ€™s Golden God Award include Motorhead frontman Lemmy, Megadethâ€™s Dave Mustaine and Rob Zombie amongst others.
The metal publication is now in its 32nd year. Itâ€™s editor Merlin Alderslade said: â€śIt just doesnâ€™t get any bigger than this.
â€śThe Prince Of Darkness, the most iconic name in heavy metal, a man without whom these very awards, this very magazine â€“ hell, our very culture â€“ would quite simply not exist.
â€śWe canâ€™t wait to share what will be a very special moment with you all.â€ť
The 16th Metal Hammer Golden God Awards ceremony will be held at the Indigo venue in Londonâ€™s O2 Arena on June 11.