According to The Pulse Of Radio, an online campaign to get Ozzy Osbourne knighted has already notched more than 21,000 signatures. A 46-year-old Australian fan named Helen Maidiotis has launched the petition, saying that the BLACK SABBATH singer deserves the honor for “his significant contribution to the music industry.” She added that he deserves to be knighted “not only for all his charity work but for all his years entertaining us and helping make a difference to peoples’ lives who have looked up to him for his strong will and determination to get through the many obstacles that he has come across and for that we thank you Ozzy! Helping to get him Knighted would be our gift to him.”
When asked about the campaign in a recent interview, Ozzy said, “I’ve heard about that. Getting knighted? I can’t imagine anything better… And my wife (Sharon) would become a Lady, which would be pretty cool. But I’m not gonna get upset if it doesn’t happen. I never thought I’d get further than Aston (the area of Birmingham where he was born).”
Maidiotis‘ campaign has also gotten the endorsement of Ozzy‘s daughter, TV personality Kelly Osbourne.
Maidiotis originally wanted all four original members of the group to receive a knighthood, but when told that was unlikely, she settled on Ozzy.
Ozzy is one of England’s most recognizable figures as well as one of the country’s most popular and long-lasting rock singers. He and BLACK SABBATH arguably invented the sound of modern heavy metal and were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2006.
After years as a solo act with occasional SABBATH reunion tours, Ozzy and the band made their first studio album together in 35 years in 2013. Titled “13”, it was the band’s first chart-topper in the U.S. and first in the U.K. since 1971.
Ozzy will release a solo career retrospective titled “Memoirs Of A Madman” on October 7.