In a heartfelt message on X, Ozzy Osbourne recently shared his excitement and gratitude for being considered for the 2024 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, marking a significant moment in his illustrious career.
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame unveiled its slate of contenders for the next year’s induction, spotlighting 15 acts that span a diverse range of music genres. Among the distinguished nominees are celebrated artists like Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Cher, and the esteemed Sinéad O’Connor, with Ozzy Osbourne notably listed for his contributions as a solo artist. This nomination follows his earlier induction as part of the legendary group Black Sabbath.
Osbourne expressed his astonishment and pride at the nomination, stating:
“Being nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame as a solo artist, after already having the honor with Black Sabbath, is beyond anything I could have envisioned. This recognition, after my 44 years of pursuing a solo career, fills me with immense pride and gratitude. It’s a testament to the enduring power of music and the support of my fans.”
This nod from the Hall of Fame underscores Osbourne’s enduring impact on the music scene, potentially making him one of the rare artists to be inducted twice, joining the ranks of music royalty such as the members of The Beatles and Stevie Nicks.
Sharon Osbourne, Ozzy’s wife, had previously voiced strong support for his solo induction on The Adam Carolla Show, highlighting his successful solo journey and significant album sales. She argued passionately for his recognition, pointing out:
“Ozzy’s solo achievements are undeniable. With a solo career spanning over four decades and album sales nearing a hundred million, it’s clear he belongs in the Hall of Fame. It’s time for his solo artistry to be officially acknowledged.”
To qualify for the 2024 nominations, artists must have released their initial single or album by 1999. The final selection of inductees will be a combined effort of votes from a panel of more than a thousand artists, historians, and music industry professionals, along with a public vote conducted on the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame’s website.
The induction ceremony is set to take place this fall in Cleveland and will be broadcast live on Disney+, with subsequent availability on Hulu and ABC for those who wish to watch it later.