Ozzy Osbourne: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Facts
Eligible Since: 2006
Finalist: Once (2024)
Grammy Awards/Nominations: 3/8 solo (5/12 including Black Sabbath)
Career Top 40 Hits: 3
Essential Tracks: Crazy Train (1980), Mr. Crowley (1980), Bark at the Moon (1983), Shot in the Dark (1986), Mama I’m Coming Home (1991), I Just Want You (1996)
Essential Albums: Blizzard of Ozz (1980), Diary of a Madman (1981), Bark at the Moon (1983), No More Tears (1991)
Ozzy Osbourne, the legendary singer and “Prince of Darkness,” has had a remarkable impact on the world of rock and roll.
Osbourne catapulted to fame as the frontman of the iconic heavy metal band Black Sabbath, who were eventually inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. The English musician also has a successful solo career spanning four decades, with numerous critically acclaimed albums under his belt.
Several artists have been inducted into the Hall both as a solo artist and as part of a band, including Eric Clapton, Stevie Nicks, Michael Jackson, Dave Grohl, Jimmy Page, Tina Turner, and all four of the Beatles. Should Ozzy join that list?
Ozzy Osbourne’s Career and Achievements
Black Sabbath played a crucial role in the development of heavy metal music. They released several hit albums and songs throughout the 1970s.
Osbourne left Black Sabbath to pursue a solo career. In 2006, Sabbath became one of the few heavy metal bands to earn Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction.
His debut solo album, Blizzard of Ozz, was released in 1980 and marked the beginning of his success as a solo artist. This album included hits like “Crazy Train” and “Mr. Crowley.”
Osbourne later earned one of the most surprising hits of his career with the haunting ballad “Close My Eyes Forever” with Lita Ford, which hit #8 to become the biggest pop hit of Ozzy’s career.
Throughout his solo career, Ozzy released several other successful albums, including Diary of a Madman (1981), Bark at the Moon (1983), The Ultimate Sin (1986), and No More Tears (1991.)
I’m partial to some of Ozzy’s ’90s singles, like “No More Tears” and “Mama I’m Coming Home,” plus 1996’s overlooked “I Just Want You,” which has a great riff and a dark but appealing vibe.
Ozzy also made a significant contribution to popular culture with The Osbournes, the MTV reality show that swept the nation in the early 2000s, making him and his family favorites with a younger generation.
Ozzy Osbourne has numerous awards under his belt. He was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame both as a solo artist and a member of Black Sabbath. He’s also captured three solo Grammys and two more with Black Sabbath.
Despite these accomplishments, Ozzy has not yet been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist.
Ozzy’s outspoken wife Sharon expressed her frustration regarding this oversight, saying, “They know that Ozzy deserves to be there. They know he’s been a solo artist. You’ve gotta be doing it for 25 years. He’s been 43 years as a solo artist. He sold nearly a hundred million albums as a solo artist. So where is he? Induct him.”
Guitarist Randy Rhoads worked closely with Osbourne after his departure from Black Sabbath, on classic albums like Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman. Rhoads, interestingly, is already in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame under the Musical Excellence category. It would be cool to see Ozzy join him there.
Many modern metal and hard rock acts have cited Osbourne as an influence. He can rightly take partial credit for the growth and expansion of heavy metal and hard rock over the years. Just about everybody loves Ozzy, and many hard rockers have cited him as an inspiration, including Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine and Metallica’s Lars Ulrich.
Osbourne’s powerful vocals and distinctive stage presence made him a must-see live act as well. He notably co-created the Ozzfest festival, an annual event showcasing heavy metal and hard rock bands, giving bands like Slipknot, System of a Down, and Linkin Park significant exposure.
In recent years, Ozzy has continued to work with both newer artists and industry veterans, from Post Malone to Elton John. That works has helped him remain somewhat in the spotlight.
The Case Against Ozzy Osbourne
One of the main factors against his induction is that he has already been inducted with Black Sabbath in 2006. Some Hall of Fame voters may not see the need to reward him a second time.
Ozzy’s list of solo hits is strong, but not massive. Some voters may question whether his impact as a solo performer was large enough to warrant a second induction.
Another potential reason is that heavy metal artists are not often inducted into the Hall of Fame. Historically, the Rock Hall has not been very inclusive of metal as a genre, which could influence how voters perceive Ozzy’s contributions as a solo artist.
It took Sabbath many years before they finally secured enough support for induction, so it’s not a surprise that Ozzy is being forced to wait. For some voters, metal is just not their cup of tea. They’d rather vote for Mariah Carey, Kool & the Gang, or the Dave Matthews Band.
The Verdict: Will Ozzy Osbourne Ever Get Inducted Into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?
Though Black Sabbath is already inducted, there has been a growing consensus among both fans and critics that Ozzy Osbourne also deserves to be inducted as a solo artist.
I do think it’s likely that Ozzy will get inducted someday as a solo performer. But it may take awhile, given how incredibly slow the Hall has been to induct metal bands. Judas Priest finally got inducted in 2022. Iron Maiden have been nominated, but are still waiting. Slayer, Motorhead, and Pantera maybe deserving but have not yet been nominated.
Ozzy has always been likable, and he’s a bit more mainstream than those bands. The average Rock Hall voter may not be able to name a Pantera or Slayer song, but they certainly know “Crazy Train” and “Mama I’m Coming Home.”
The bet here is that Ozzy is more likely than not to earn Rock Hall induction someday. Given that he’s 75 years old, let’s hope the Hall does it sooner rather than later.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Ozzy Osbourne
Odds of Getting Inducted Next Year: 20%
Odds of Getting Inducted in the Next Five Years: 50%
Odds of Getting Inducted Eventually: 70%
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Last Updated on February 10, 2024