Metal legend and mtv reality tv forefather ozzy osbourne accepts ema global icon award

Ozzy Osbourne was one of heavy metal’s forefathers. As the lead vocalists for Black Sabbath, he helped establish the genre during the ’70s before breaking out on his own for a 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’ve received the award.

Slash introduced Osbourne for the honor, citing some of his impressive accomplishments to set up the award. 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. Now, much of the younger generation knows all about 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 everyone 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 rendition.