We now know why Ozzy Osbourne didn’t join his Black Sabbath bandmates in May when they honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy at the Grammy Salute to Music Legends ceremony in Los Angeles.
Sharon Osbourne, Ozzy’s wife and manager, tells Celebrity Access Encore, “I was just so pissed off at the Grammys this year because they … wouldn’t give [the award] to them on the TV show that we all know as the Grammy Awards… They wanted to give it to them in some pissy [bleeping] ceremony that they had,” which was taped for PBS.
“Listen, there were artists there [George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Sam & Dave, Dionne Warwick, Julio Iglesias, Donny Hathaway and Billy Eckstine] that got awards that deserved it, too. But I just thought because Sabbath — their career spanned 50 years and they are still selling records today; their catalog still sells and their last record that was out six years ago was number-one in many countries worldwide. So the other artists they were honoring had great careers and deserved to be honored, but they still didn’t have the careers that Sabbath had. So not to put them on the proper [TV] show, it was, like, ‘How dare you?’ I was so angry. I just thought, ‘[screw] you. I am not going to give you the honor of having Ozzy at your [crappy] ceremony.'”
Sabbath was represented at the ceremony by the other three members — Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward.