Are We Ready For Sir Ozzy Osbourne?
via Biography: The Nine Lives Of Ozzy Osbourne/Vimeo
After getting a letter from the UK Government, the activist who has made three attempts to have Ozzy Osbourne knighted said she has a good reason not to give up.
The petition to make the former Black Sabbath singer a “Sir” has approximately 35,000 signatures as of this writing. The petition was initiated by Helen Maidiotis, who in her most recent update, disclosed a positive reaction from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport Honours Team (The institution that had been working to honor the Prince of Darkness since at least 2013). The letter reads:
“As you are aware, Mr. Osbourne has been under consideration for an honour for a while. Unfortunately to date he has been unsuccessful. As I am sure you will appreciate, there is extremely fierce competition for the very limited number of awards available. The fact that Mr. Osbourne is not recognised by an honour does not mean that his contribution is not appreciated. With some 1,000 awards available in each round, and perhaps six or seven times that number of nominations, unfortunately it is not possible for every candidate, however valuable their service, to succeed.
“However, I can confirm his case remains under consideration at this time. If you have any additional supporting information you would like to share with us, you would be most welcome to do so. We can then ensure his case continues to receive full and careful consideration.”
The letter concluded by cautioning that the DCMS “can unfortunately give no guarantee as to the eventual outcome or timescale.” Despite that, Maidiotis wrote:
“What we need to do now is to keep pushing the signatures and doing everything we can to keep spreading the word. Contact your radio stations and online music websites etc to get articles written about the need for this to happen for Ozzy Osbourne. The more we push for media exposure the better our chances for success!”
The Prince of Darkness has sold more than 100 million records worldwide and his influential career is clear proof that he is eligible for the title. Maidiotis wrote in the petition’s introduction:
“For five decades Mr. Osbourne has entertained the world with his music.
“So I ask you today, along with the thousands of other people who have been supporting my campaign throughout the last eight years and have signed the previous two petitions, to please consider Mr. Osbourne and grant him the honour of a knighthood for his services to music and charity over the last five decades.”