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Ozzy Osbourne

As the lead singer of Black Sabbath throughout the early 1970s, “Ozzy” Osbourne is considered vital in the development of the heavy metal genre. Though he was fired from Sabbath in 1979, it opened the door for a massively influential solo career that since earned him the title “Godfather” of the hard-hitting genre.

On his own, Osbourne’s mega-hits throughout the 1980s and ’90s include “Crazy Train,” “Mama, I’m Coming Home,” and “No More Tears,” which fueled his career-spanning sales tally to over 100 million albums. From 1996 through 2010, the self-proclaimed “Prince of Darkness” also lent his name to Ozzfest, an annual—sometimes single destination, often touring—festival that periodically featured a reunited Black Sabbath.

In the early 2000s, Ozzy started the celebreality trend with MTV show The Osbournes, featuring whimsical interactions with his wife/manager Sharon and children Kelly and Jack. Since then, he’s returned to music full time, earning a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction (with Black Sabbath) in 2006 and embarking on the band’s farewell tour in 2016.

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