Ozzy Osbourne Fans Petition For Star’s Knighthood

By: Chris Tepedino - May 4, 2014

Ozzy Osbourne is no stranger to success. As the lead vocalist for Black Sabbath in the early 1970s, Ozzy helped pioneer a dark and heavy sound that has been cited as a key to the development of the heavy metal genre, and just as remarkable has been his solo career, which has featured 11 albums, the first seven of which went multiplatinum.

Now, fans are showing their appreciation back—with a petition for Ozzy’s knighthood.

The effort, spearheaded by 45-year-old heavy metal devotee Helen Maidiotis, has already attracted over 10,000 signatures, doubling the original goal of 5,000 signatures and a little over halfway to the new goal of 20,000 set on Causes.com. To Maidiotis, the reasoning is simple.

She writes on the website, “I am petitioning for Ozzy Osbourne, frontman for Black Sabbath to receive a Knighthood after over 40 years of service to the music industry. Birmingham born John Michael Osbourne, has been entertaining and inspiring a great many throughout his life, he has been a huge success world wide with many successful albums with both Black Sabbath as well as in his solo career. Now in his mid 60’s, I believe the time has come for him to receive a Knighthood. Please consider Mr Osbourne for this honour as it is well deserved and long over due.”

She even has a Facebook site called “The Knighthood of Ozz,” which has been backed by Ozzy’s daughter Kelly and Ozzy’s former guitarist Bernie Torme. Kelly tweeted “this really needs to happen.”

Maidiotis said to Birmingham Mail in the United Kingdom that “our campaign has reached Buckingham Palace, as a friend of mine had sent off letters explaining about our battle for Ozzy’s knighthood – and they have replied positively.

“As Black Sabbath are set to perform at Hyde Park, London, on July 4, It would be a fitting tribute to Ozzy if we were to reach our target in the days following their performance.”

The band released a comeback album last year titled 13 that soared to the top of charts in both the U.K. and the United States. They’ve been performing to sell-out crowds after reuniting for their first concert at the O2 Academy in Birmingham.

Image via Wikimedia Commons

About the Author

Chris TepedinoChris has been a writer since about forever. Follow him on Twitter, Pinterest, and/or Google+.

View all posts by Chris Tepedino
  • Leon Greks

    Kinighthood he dont deserve due to severe inabililty to control himself from substances and I emphasize severe and therefore anti family friendly family image however special tax breaks and special accomodotations I think are warranted.

  • Truthbetold

    This guy has spent decades either drunk of high. No way does he deserve it. Then again, they did give Elton John this honor.

    • Tomtalker

      And what exactly is that supposed to mean…? Ozzy deserves it and so did Elton or are you just another homophobe trying to make a “subliminal dig” if you will against folks in my community…(g)

      • RiverSong

        Elton John has done a lot for people and has many charities what have you done for anyone?

      • Sara James

        Elton deserved it Ozzy doesn’t.

        • Branden Davis

          Yuk! You are wrong!!

  • Ardeare

    I don’t support this. I just can’t agree with his religious views. And that’s a fact, Jack!

    • Turk

      He is Catholic.

      • http://www.iphones.co.il RoNRAiNZ

        Boom.
        And on that note: “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone”.

      • Sara James

        True Catholics do not believe in drugs and do not allow their children to become drug addicts.

      • Sara James

        Then he should practice the religion.

        • Sara James the Hypocrite

          You are a fucking hypocrite.

      • anne m

        He almost killed the Vicar!

    • Branden Davis

      good for you

    • Branden Davis

      Yea since Ozzy doesn’t believe in the same thing as you then he does not deserve anything! Read some Sabbath lyrics before you critisize.

  • Shmeh

    You are three people out of millions that follow him… and Ardeare: hes a christian believe it or not.

  • Billy

    Every musician that has ever played with ozzy should be knighted for his success. After all they wrote the songs that made him famous although they were never given credit or due compensation. Just ask Jake for starters.

  • steelr66

    this guy is a walking joke. has not done anything remotely relevant in two decades.

    • jrabalais

      They why did Black Sabbath have a number 1 album in the charts last year?

      • steelr66

        Seriously? It was a piece of shit that was hyped in to oblivion. The tour was a bigger joke. Musically it was good, but watching this buffoon lurch about for two hours with his voice being so processed with effects that you knew it was barely him singing. No thanks, I’ll pass.

  • cricket

    how do i sign the petition?

  • Sara James

    Knight Ozzy? Are you kidding me? He should be used in public service announcements about why not to do drugs.

    • mecabih

      knight OZZY King of Rock&roll

    • Sara James the Hyprocrite

      Actually he did announcements on doing drugs and why you shouldn’t do it. Of course you wouldn’t know that…. Sara..

  • Sergio Castellano

    WOW ….. I guess ANYONE can be in line for Knighthood anymore.
    In a subjective world where right and wrong have been eliminated, the wise count the days remaining while fools live in illusive luxury.

  • David campbell

    Knight All of Black Sabbath.Tony Iommi created the metal riff.

  • Branden Davis

    All haters, quit being so judgemental,Ozzy has worked hard to quit his addictions and none of you are any better. Black Sabbath is one of the greatest bands of all time; if anyone deserves it Ozzy does.

  • Chloe ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Ozzy is great. The rest of that family, not so much.He’s the quiet one, they’re untalented fame whores.

    • Ana

      WTF???? In defense of his family darling Christina, his wife Sharon is a SAINT, his son Jack is suffering from a disease, and carries on, and his daughter Kelly has proven herself strong and positive and classy as the rest of his family. If anyone should be knighted, it should be his wife Sharon, but in a female version…Dame Sharon. Please, go take those wire hangers out of your closets and beat yourself with them!

      • Chloe ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        You’re a delusional fan. You’re probably a Kardashian fan too. I get it.

  • Ana

    No way! How about Dame Sharon for putting up with his garbage for years??!! Please, who ever came up with this idea is just as airheaded as Ozzy is.

  • gino

    Why the hell would a fan want him knighted?

    • Silly gino

      Because their a fan…

  • Monty

    ONLY if Geezer, Bill, and Tony are also knighted!

  • tink_73

    IF elton John can get KNighted after all the drugs and stuff he has done why cant ozzy. I would love to sign this petion

  • Sherry

    Ummm no, I am sorry, Ozzy is pretty cool and all, but he has done NOTHING worthy of knighthood. He has contributed nothing in the way of humanitarian aid or charity like Bono did.

    • Research

      For his birthday, he advised his fans to donate to charities for him as a birthday present. HE made over 10,000 charity money. HE was also used as a public announcement to influence the youth about not doing drugs and fighting addiction.

  • Alex DeLarge

    In the words of ozzy himself,”Blftht mthdslfu ydshdsfuka woekrjsodfkj!”

  • Nine

    Maybe DARK Knighthood….

    • HETEROSEXUALITY=GENDERTREASON

      worthless nigger piss ofshit

      heteroxxxeuality is disease and u must be beaten until u convert again to nature of own sex

      if u r heterosexual u must be treated with hormones, u worthless parasite scum

      heterosexuqality is perversion

      it destroys gender like multiculturalism destroysd natural culture

      we will kill u and ur fucking retard family gender traitor scum

      heterosexuality is mental disease and testosterone is the cure

      u worthless gender traitor fag

      heterosexuals have no best friend thus they become gender traitor u retarded estrogen pusyfag

      homosexuality means permament homosociality, 100% manliness

      i will stab ur family scum

      gay means faggot aka unmanly = pussyfaggot heterosexual

      u arent manly for mansex, u have gender identity disorder so u cant stand testosterone, u arent normal, normal means manliness u gender traitor fag

      only pussies like pussies

      brostitutrefag

      bro before hoe u fucking cocktraitor scum

      u muff fuck like animals not like men, homosexuality is what differs humans from animals

      hetero sapiens doesnt exist

      why dont u fuck pigs if u like diversity, HETEROSEXUALITY DESTROYS GENDER LIKE MULTICULTURALISM DSETROYS HERITAGE

      GTFO FAG

  • JL

    Why should Ozzie be awarded Knighthood.. He is a drug crazed man who after all his substance abuse can’t carry on a conversation and his use of abusive language is not becoming to a Knight… Someone needs to get a grip.

  • Morsecode Nimbus

    This talented venerable guy is not going for papacy folks. Why the disaccord on such a positive thing. The guy helped form an entire genre of music and subculture that has assuredly brought billions of pounds into the nations economy over the years. The guy never claimed to be flawless that I know of. Give him all the praise he deserves truly.