On Sunday, November 9, the legendary Black Sabbath frontman will receive top honors at MTV's annual celebration of the hottest music from across the globe, broadcast live from the SSE Hydro arena in Glasgow, Scotland.
The EMA will air on MTV channels worldwide, and the U.S. telecast will kick off live from Miami at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT with Nick Cannon and Molly Tarlov and a "Jealous" performance from Nick Jonas. Back across the pond, Nicki Minaj will serve as the host of the 2014 EMA and will perform at the show. Other EMA performers who have been announced include Ariana Grande and Ed Sheeran.
Osbourne, whose Memoirs Of A Madman compilation album will be released October 14, is the fifth-ever recipient of the Global Icon Award, following Bon Jovi in 2010, Queen in 2011, Whitney Houston in 2012 and Eminem in 2013. Clearly, he's in good company, and the win is beyond deserved -- and here's why.
Black Sabbath, the seminal metal band Ozzy Osbourne co-founded in the '60s, released their self-titled debut album in 1970.
Since then, Ozzy has sold more than 120-million albums worldwide as a member of the group and as a solo artist.
He's been inducted into The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.
And won three Grammys.
Ozzy's hugely influential career continues this Tuesday with the release of Memoirs Of A Madman.
Not to mention, he starred in one of the very first celebrity reality TV shows, "The Osbournes," which aired from 2002 to 2005.
You know, the classic MTV series that introduced wife Sharon, son Jack and daughter Kelly to the world?
That "SHARON!" yell. #NeverForget
And now, the 2014 MTV EMA will honor that musical legacy with the Global Icon Award.
Devil horns up, and let the "Crazy Train" marathoning commence.