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Ozzy Osbourne Expresses Deep Gratitude for Solo Artist Nomination to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its list of nominees for the 2024 induction, featuring a mix of iconic artists and bands spanning various genres. Among the notable nominees are Ozzy Osbourne, known for his groundbreaking solo career as well as his time with Black Sabbath, the classic rock band Foreigner, the alternative rock pioneers Jane’s Addiction, the Britpop legends Oasis, the multi-talented musician Peter Frampton, and the versatile rocker Lenny Kravitz.

This diverse lineup is joined by other esteemed artists such as Mariah Carey, Sinead O’Connor, Cher, Sade, Mary J. Blige, A Tribe Called Quest, Dave Matthews Band, Eric B. & Rakim, and Kool & The Gang. To qualify for this year’s nominations, an artist’s first single or album had to be released by 1999 or earlier.

Notably, many of this year’s nominees, including Mariah Carey, Cher, Foreigner, Peter Frampton, Kool & The Gang, Lenny Kravitz, Oasis, Sinéad O’Connor, Ozzy Osbourne, and Sade, are appearing on the ballot for the first time. Ozzy Osbourne’s nomination is particularly significant as he was previously inducted into the Rock Hall as part of Black Sabbath in 2006, but this marks his first nomination for his solo work.

Ozzy Osbourne expressed his deep honor at being nominated, emphasizing the pride he feels in being considered for induction as a solo artist after more than four decades in the music industry. The final inductees will be determined by a vote among over 1,000 artists, historians, and music industry professionals, along with a fan vote conducted through the Rock Hall’s website. The top vote-getters will be revealed in late April, with the induction ceremony scheduled for the fall in Cleveland.

The ceremony will be broadcast live on Disney+, with subsequent availability on Hulu and a special airing on ABC. Mick Jones of Foreigner and Sharon Osbourne have both commented on the nominations, reflecting on the recognition and the sometimes controversial nature of the nomination process. The Rock Hall’s selection criteria, based on an artist’s influence and contribution to the development of rock ‘n’ roll, often sparks debate among fans and industry insiders about the institution’s choices and the broader implications for the music industry’s legacy.

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