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Metal Legend And MTV Reality TV Forefather Ozzy Osbourne Accepts EMA Global Icon Award

Slash, Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators, and Simon Neil of Biffy Clyro burned the house down with their 'Crazy Train' tribute in his honor.

Ozzy Osbourne was one of heavy metal's forefathers. As the lead vocalist for Black Sabbath, he helped establish the genre in the '70s before breaking out on his own solo musical career.

So at the 2014 EMA, MTV honored Osbourne for his enormous contribution to music as a Global Icon. Ozzy joins the ranks of Whitney Houston, Eminem, Bon Jovi and Queen -- all acts who have received the award in the past.

Slash introduced Osbourne, citing some of his impressive accomplishments.

Osbourne himself has sold over 170 million albums worldwide and 70 million with Black Sabbath. He's won three Grammys and put out 10 solo albums -- seven of which have gone multi-platinum. The younger generation might know Ozzy and his family from their MTV reality show, "The Osbournes," but his mark on music is what launched him into legend status.

After Slash's lengthier introduction, Ozzy kept things short and sweet, thanking fans for the honor and then quietly leaving the stage -- no traditional Ozzy antics at all.

But then Slash, collaborators Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators and Simon Neil of Biffy Clyro surprised the crowd at Glasgow's SSE Hydro arena by closing out the EMA with a devilishly pyrotechnic cover of "Crazy Train" that did justice to Ozzy's hit -- he even almost smiled during the performance.