Black Sabbath was among the recipients of the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award from the Recording Academy last May 11th, during a special presentation ceremony and concert in Los Angeles called the “Grammy Salute To Music Legends.” But while three of the band's four founding members – guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward — attended the event, singer Ozzy Osbourne was not there.
Now Ozzy's wife and manager Sharon Osbourne has explained his absence, saying she was “pissed off” over the Recording Academy's treatment of Sabbath. Speaking with Celebrity Access Encore, Sharon explained, “They gave them a Lifetime Achievement Award, but wouldn't give it to them on the (CBS) TV show that we all know as the Grammy Awards . . . not to put them on the proper show, it was, like, 'How dare you?' I was so angry. I just thought, 'F**k you. I am not going to give you the honor of having Ozzy at your s**tty ceremony.'”
The “Grammy Salute To Music Legends” was taped for airing this fall on PBS as part of the channel's Great Performances series. Also honored at the event were Dionne Warwick, Sam & Dave, George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic, Billy Eckstine, Donny Hathaway and Julio Iglesias.
Rival Sons performed a medley of Sabbath's “War Pigs,” “Changes” and “Paranoid” for Iommi, Butler and Ward at the event.