Black Sabbath was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Grammy at the Grammy Salute to Music Legends ceremony in May, but frontman Ozzy Osbourne was noticeably absent. Months later, wife/manager Sharon Osbourne explains why.
In an interview with Celebrity Access Encore, Sharon said, “I was just so pissed off at the Grammys this year because they gave them a Lifetime Achievement Award, but wouldn’t give it to them on the TV show that we all know as The Grammy Awards [on CBS.] They did it at a separate ceremony which goes out on another network [PBS] later on. I wouldn’t let Ozzy go because I just thought it was shocking what they did to them. So I wouldn’t let Ozzy go.”
Sharon continued, “…They wanted to give [the Lifetime Achievement award] to them in some pissy f—ing ceremony that they had. Listen there were artists there [like George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic, Sam and 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 6 years ago was #1 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 show, it was like, ‘How dare you?’ I was so angry. I just thought, ‘F— you. I am not going to give you the honor of having Ozzy at your shitty ceremony.'”
The Grammy Salute to Music Legends show saw Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler reunite with Bill Ward, however, Rival Sons ended up performing in honor of Sabbath.
As for Ozzy, he’s still resting and recovering from a number of health issues that resulted in him postponing all of his 2019 tour dates.