by Lisa McGarry
Ozzy Osbourne was honoured at the MTV EMAs


MTV is to honour the musical legacy of British rock legend Ozzy Osbourne at the 2014 MTV EMA, one of the biggest global music events of the year that celebrates the hottest artists from around the world.

The veteran hard rock singer-songwriter and pop culture phenomenon will receive the Global Icon Award at the 2014 MTV EMA which will broadcast live to MTV channels around the world from the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on Sunday, 9 November at 9:00pm. Osbourne revealed the news to fans today via his Facebook page.

Ozzy Osbourne is a multi-platinum recording artist, a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and a three-time Grammy® winning singer and songwriter, who has sold more than 120 million albums worldwide. Osbourne’s career has spanned more than four decades (as both a successful solo artist and as the lead singer of Black Sabbath) and his music is as relevant today as ever, still being heard daily on TV, in movies, on radio and at stadium sports events.


This week saw the release of Osbourne’s Memoirs of a Madman. The two collections highlight Ozzy’s career: the Memoirs of a Madman CD includes all 17 of his greatest hits compiled in one place for the first time; the two-disc DVD set is a definitive visual collection which includes classic music videos, along with unreleased and out-of-print live performances, plus interviews from his solo career. Osbourne won legions of new fans when he and his family participated in legendary MTV reality series, The Osbournes (2002-5).


Bruce Gillmer, Executive Vice President of Talent and Music Programming / Events, Viacom International Media Networks said:

“Ozzy’s impact on music and pop culture has been tremendous. For over four decades (and counting!) he’s entertained, influenced, inspired and sometimes shocked legions of die-hard fans around the globe. We’re thrilled and honoured to announce that this year’s MTV Global Icon will be Ozzy Osbourne!”

Former recipients of the MTV Global Icon Award include Eminem (2013), Whitney Houston (2012), Queen (2011) and Bon Jovi (2010).

Meanwhile, in other news, global hip hop superstar Nicki Minaj is set to host the 2014 MTV EMA, which will feature performances from stars such as Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran and Nicki Minaj.

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