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Eccentric English musician Ozzy Osbourne fronted the heavy metal band Black Sabbath. In 2001, he opened his home to reality TV cameras for The Osbournes show.
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However, the popularity of the subsequently released double-live album, Live and Loud (1993), caused Osbourne to rethink his retirement. The album's version of "I Don't Want to Change the World" earned Osbourne his first Grammy Award.
In the 1990s, Osbourne continued to release albums and tour with his traveling metal festival, Ozzfest, but his star was clearly on the wane. Plus, he continued to struggle with substance abuse problems that had plagued him his entire career.
Osbourne returned to celebrity status by the unlikely success of his own bizarre brand of "reality" television. The Osbournes, a program featuring the domestic life of Osbourne and his clan, has turned into the MTV Network's biggest hit to date. The comic appeal of the aging headbanger completing such humdrum tasks as taking out the garbage charmed even those conservatives who once vilified Osbourne. The show took a more serious turn in the summer of 2002 when wife, Sharon, was diagnosed with colon cancer. The show lasted until 2005.
Despite his popularity as a reality television personality, Osbourne will also been remembered for his contributions to the world of music. He reunited with Black Sabbath in 2005 for a tour, and these legendary heavy metal heroes were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame the following year. At the induction ceremony, Metallica played "Iron Man" in honor of the group. Osbourne, however, devotes most of his time these days to his solo career. He released Black Rain in 2007, which reached the No. 3 spot on the American album charts.
Osbourne and his wife, Sharon have three children, Jack, Kelly and Aimee. He also has two children from a previous marriage.
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