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Ozzy Osbourne wins the Icon Award at the Rolling Stone UK Awards in collaboration with Rémy Martin

All hail the Prince of Darkness! Ozzy Osbourne is the first ever Rolling Stone UK icon.

By Nick Reilly

Ozzy Osbourne

Ozzy Osbourne has won the Icon Award at the first ever Rolling Stone UK Awards in collaboration with Rémy Martin.

The rock icon, legendary hell-raiser and all-round Prince of Darkness picked up the coveted gong at tonight’s ceremony, topping off a list of eclectic winners that included The Last Dinner Party, Daniel Kaluuya, Jessie Ware and The Chemical Brothers.

In a video message, Ozzy said: “I’m so sorry I couldn’t be there tonight, only something cropped up and I just couldn’t make the flight. My wife’s gonna be there on my behalf and she’s great.The only one bit of advice is keep her away from the bar because she gets very rowdy when she has a few drinks!

“My success is just a dream come true. I’d like to thank Rolling Stone UK and all the readers for this wonderful award. This award means everything to me. I’m just so sad.”

Ozzy added: “I never ever thought I’d be a living icon, never thought I’d be doing this for more than a couple of years, but around 50 years on and I’m getting an award from Rolling Stone UK! 

“It would mean nothing if it wasn’t for the fans. The fans mean absolutely everything to me because without the fans, I haven’t got a job, you know what I mean? They’re so loyal, they have been loyal to me for many, many years. God bless you all and have a great, great night.”

Accepting the award in the room on Ozzy’s behalf from Yungblud, Sharon Osbourne said: “Thank you for constantly supporting him. Ozzy is what rock and roll is all about. He’s wild, he’s fabulous, he’s talented. He’s like a fucking uncaged animal, and I adore him.”

He is also one of three awards issue cover stars, alongside Daniel Kaluuya and Maisie Peters, with our feature hailing the star’s journey to becoming an icon.

“In a career spanning over 50 years, Ozzy Osbourne has not so much become an enduring icon of heavy metal as much as he is the establishment-bating, darkness-dwelling alchemist who was at the centre of the genre in the first place,” we wrote.

The first Rolling Stone UK Awards kicked off earlier tonight with a performance from The Last Dinner Party, who stunned attendees with a powerful rendition of ‘My Lady Of Mercy’, while successive performances came from Kenya Grace and Louis Tomlinson.

You can look back here for all our coverage of the Rolling Stone UK Awards from tonight.