Milestones from Grammy Award-winning Ozzy Osbourne's 37-year career:
Ozzy releases his first record with Black Sabbath in 1970 (released Friday, February 13th). The self-titled record goes platinum that same year in the U.K. and U.S. Black Sabbath has sold over 50 million records (to date) worldwide. Black Sabbath embarks on several world tours and performs to legions of fans around the globe. Ozzy leaves Black Sabbath and goes solo in 1979.
Ozzy releases his first solo record Blizzard Of Ozz in 1980. The record quickly goes 4x Platinum. Ozzy releases seven records throughout the decade. Each one sells well over two million copies. Ozzy performs at the US Festival in 1983 in front of 250,000 fans. Ozzy performs at Live Aid in 1985, the legendary benefit concert for world hunger. Ozzy performs at the Moscow Peace Festival in 1989. This was the first major rock concert in the Soviet Republic by Western artists.
Ozzy releases five records this decade. Each record goes multi-platinum. Ozzy has performed to millions of fans around the world. His live concerts are guaranteed sell-outs. Ozzy wins a Grammy Award in 1993 for Best Metal Performance for "I Don't Want To Change the World." Ozzy and his wife/manager Sharon launch OZZfest in 1996, the first national music festival of its kind dedicated to hard rock music and breaking new artists. Ozzy donates a portion of the OZZfest proceeds to various charities across the country including Lifebeat.
THE NEW MILLENIUM:
Ozzy wins a Grammy for Best Metal Performance in 2000 as a part of Black Sabbath for "Iron Man." Ozzy (with Black Sabbath) headlines OZZfest 2001. Over 1 million-plus fans attended 32 sold-out dates. Ozzy has released 13 albums during his 20-year career with Epic Records. Ozzy receives a Star on the world-famous Hollywood Walk of Fame, April 12, 2002. The Osbournes debuts on MTV to a record-breaking audience for a new program. Further episodes create a national sensation around the Osbourne family and ratings skyrocket to become the highest-ever in MTV's 22 year history. The Osbournesis still the highest rated series in MTV's history. Ozzy dines with President Bush at the Washington Correspondents Association Dinner in May 2002. Ozzy performs the Black Sabbath classic "Paranoid" for Queen Elizabeth's 50th Jubilee celebration at Buckingham Palace in June 2002 Ozzy & Kelly hit #1 on the UK singles charts with their remake of the Black Sabbath classic "Changes." The single sold over 1 million copies. Ozzy and Sharon debut another MTV success with their Battle For Ozzfest weekly series (2004). Ozzy's gold-certified Prince Of Darkness box set was released in March 2005 on Epic Records. Ozzy releases the DualDisc Under Cover in late 2005. Ozzy inducted as a member of Black Sabbath into the U.S. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March 2006. Ozzy releases Black Rain - his first album with new studio material in six years in May 2007.