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GQ Honors Ozzy Osbourne with British Men of the Year 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award

Joe Akins
Dec 01, 2020
10:30 A.M.
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Ozzy Osbourne, the legendary rock musician, has recently added another award to his sprawling collection. This continues what has been a pretty whirlwind year for him, especially by his standards.

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Over the weekend, British musical legend Ozzy Osbourne was honored with the GQ Lifetime Achievement Award. The artist, whose career has spanned decades, definitely deserved the award.

Jack Whitehall, the host of the award ceremony, gave a short description of Osbourne's career; one that's spanned from his early days as the frontman of Black Sabbath to his solo career.

Ozzy Osbourne at the Billy Morrison - Aude Somnia Solo Exhibition at Elisabeth Weinstock on September 28, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

Ozzy Osbourne at the Billy Morrison - Aude Somnia Solo Exhibition at Elisabeth Weinstock on September 28, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

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Speaking with an interviewer, Osbourne highlighted some of the most notable moments of his career. The discussion started with Black Sabbath and how the band was perceived to have been a cult when they started.

Osbourne explained that the band name, as well as their persona, came following a screening of "The Exorcist." Osbourne said that he believed the band should be different from the others. The singer added:

"People thought we were a Black Magic {expletive} spooky band. We sung a few things about that, environmental issues, or everything that was going on to this day."

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While most bands were into pop, he wanted Black Sabbath to stand for something. Soon enough, the band began singing about things like the war in Vietnam and the possibility of nuclear annihilation.

Osbourne highlighted that he had to stay home because he hated having to wear a face covering.

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Osbourne also explained that the band's freedom came from having no one sponsoring them. Unlike most bands that were created by some mogul, they were just a couple of guys who got together and made music.

The artist added that this identity resonated with a lot of their fans. Soon enough, they had achieved success beyond any of their wildest imaginations. In part, Osbourne said:

"When you're in the eye of the storm you don't realize you're screwed or about it, all I was trying to do was survive."

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Following his 12th solo album, "Ordinary Man" earlier this year, Osbourne has maintained his place as one of the rock industry's most iconic acts. However, the year has also not been so easy for the artist.

As he explained to GQ, he was stuck at home because of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Osbourne highlighted that he had to stay home because he hated having to wear a face covering. Beyond the pandemic, Osbourne also revealed this year that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

He has been undergoing extensive treatment for the disease and has made a significant recovery. With a documentary also on the way, 2020 has been pretty exciting for Osbourne.

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