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GQ Men Of The Year Awards: Ozzy Osbourne reflects on Black Sabbath after Lifetime Achievement gong

Ozzy Osbourne has reflected on his impressive career with rock band Black Sabbath after being presented with a Lifetime Achievement award.

The singer, 71, who was diagnosed with Parkinsons earlier this year, was given the gong at the 23rd GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2020 in association with Hugo Boss.

Speaking during the first ever virtual ceremony, Ozzy revealed that the band were once accused of trying to conjure up magic after revealing their name.

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Lifetime Achievement: Ozzy Osbourne has reflected on his impressive career with rock band Black Sabbath after being presented with the award at the GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2020

Speaking to producer Andrew Watt, he said: ‘He went to see The Exorcist, people thought we were a Black Magic f*****ing spooky band. We sung a few things about that, environmental issues, or everything that was going on to this day. 

‘I mean so it’s kind of funny because people start doing songs about the pandemic, we were doing that 50 years ago.

‘Everyone sung about boy meets girl and I wanted to do something that interests me, how Vietnam was going, the fear of nuclear holocaust. That blew my mind I thought ‘what is going with this world’.’

Ozzy went on to discuss how the band was created by the four original members, guitarist Tony Iommi, drummer Bill Ward, bassist Geezer Butler and himself, in 1968. 

Looking back: Speaking during the first ever virtual ceremony on Thursday, Ozzy revealed that the band were once accused of trying to conjure up magic after revealing their name (pictured during a show in 1983)

Looking back: Speaking during the first ever virtual ceremony on Thursday, Ozzy revealed that the band were once accused of trying to conjure up magic after revealing their name (pictured during a show in 1983)

‘You never sing the same line the same twice. Black Sabbath wasn’t a band created by some big mogul we were four guys who thought ‘let’s have a go’ and we had a dream and it came true beyond our wildest expectations.

‘When you’re in the eye of the storm you don’t realise you’re screwed or about it, all I was trying to do was survive,’ he said.

Ozzy also gave a very candid interview to GQ, in which he discussed the coronavirus pandemic and his family. 

Speaking about the pandemic the star explained how he hasn’t been going out much as he doesn’t enjoy having to wear a face covering.

Ozzy said: 'We were four guys who thought 'let's have a go' and we had a dream and it came true beyond our wildest expectations' (Bill Ward, Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, and Geezer Butler pictured in 1975)

Ozzy said: ‘We were four guys who thought ‘let’s have a go’ and we had a dream and it came true beyond our wildest expectations’ (Bill Ward, Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, and Geezer Butler pictured in 1975)

Important issues: Ozzy joked that Black Sabbath were writing about what was happening in the world around them, just like musicians are doing with the pandemic now (pictured Tommy Clufetos, Geezer Butler, Ozzy Osbourne, and Tony Iommi in New York in 2016)

Important issues: Ozzy joked that Black Sabbath were writing about what was happening in the world around them, just like musicians are doing with the pandemic now (pictured Tommy Clufetos, Geezer Butler, Ozzy Osbourne, and Tony Iommi in New York in 2016)

He also revealed that his album’s producer Andrew Watt caught COVID-19 as well as two of his grandchildren.

Ozzy said: ‘I’ve got emphysema, so if I get this virus I’m f****d… But my two granddaughters caught it and you wouldn’t think they had anything wrong with them. It just bounced off them.’ 

During these unusual times Ozzy also said that he’s been keeping in touch with another musician, Elton John, who appeared on his last album.

He said: ‘Every single week Elton John calls my wife. I’m not one to hang out with this one and that one but he’s become a family friend.’ 

In addition, Ozzy spoke openly about his family and reflected on his wife Sharon’s health, including her colon cancer battle in 2002. 

First impressions: Ozzy said some 'people thought we were a Black Magic f*****ing spooky band' after first hearing their name (pictured during the GQ Awards)

First impressions: Ozzy said some ‘people thought we were a Black Magic f*****ing spooky band’ after first hearing their name (pictured during the GQ Awards)

Candid: The star also gave a very candid interview to GQ , in which he discussed the current coronavirus pandemic and his family (pictured during the GQ Awards)

Candid: The star also gave a very candid interview to GQ , in which he discussed the current coronavirus pandemic and his family (pictured during the GQ Awards)

Staying in touch: Ozzy said Elton John, who appeared on his last album, has been calling him and Sharon weekly to check on how they're doing (Ozzy is pictured during the GQ Awards)

Staying in touch: Ozzy said Elton John, who appeared on his last album, has been calling him and Sharon weekly to check on how they’re doing (Ozzy is pictured during the GQ Awards)

Speaking about her recovery, Ozzy told GQ that he had Robin Williams visit their home to try and cheer Sharon up while he was touring. 

Elsewhere during the awards show Normal People star Paul Mescal received the Hugo Boss Breakthrough Actor of the Year, after earning critical acclaim for his role in the Irish drama.

Lashanna Lynch, who will play the first ever female 007 in the upcoming James Bond film No Time To Die, received the Hugo Boss Breakthrough Actress prize.

Paul Hutchinson received the Humanitarian Award after gained worldwide attention when he was pictured carrying a man to safety in the midst of a violent clash between a Black Lives Matters march and EDL counter-protesters.  

And Captain Sir Tom Moore was awarded the Inspiration of the Year, after becoming GQ’s oldest ever cover star at the age of 100.  

What a tale: Ozzy told GQ that he had Robin Williams visit their home to try and cheer Sharon up while he was touring and she was recovering from cancer in 2002 (pictured in 2013)

What a tale: Ozzy told GQ that he had Robin Williams visit their home to try and cheer Sharon up while he was touring and she was recovering from cancer in 2002 (pictured in 2013)

All of the winners have been interviewed and filmed by GQ, with creative production by Ridley Scott Creative Group’s Black Dog Films, and the full ceremony is now available to view via British GQ’s YouTube channel. 

The full ceremony is now available to view via British GQ’s YouTube channel and the full list of winners can be found here: www.gq-magazine.co.uk/culture/article/gq-awards-2020-winners  

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Family: Sharon, Jack, Ozzy Osbourne, and Kelly are seen in a shoot for their TV show The Osbournes in 2002

Family: Sharon, Jack, Ozzy Osbourne, and Kelly are seen in a shoot for their TV show The Osbournes in 2002


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