In a statement released yesterday (September 25) Ozzy labelled the process as a “joke” and about nothing more than “gladhanding and grandstanding”.
“Why don’t they let the fans vote?” he asked. “As it stands now, what’s the point? It’s a joke. It’s about gladhanding and grandstanding and I don’t want any part of it.”
The comments echo those Ozzy made last year when Black Sabbath were nominated for induction to the class of 1999.
“Just take our name off the list,” he said. “Save the ink. Forget about us. The nomination is meaningless, because it’s not voted on by the fans. It’s voted on by the ‘supposed’ elite of the industry and the media, who’ve never bought an album or concert ticket in their lives, so their vote is totally irrelevant to me. Let’s face it, Black Sabbath have never been media darlings. We’re a people’s band and that suits us just fine.”
The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame was opened in Cleveland, Ohio – where DJ Alan Freed first popularised the term ‘rock and roll’ on his radio show in the 50s – in 1995, based loosely on the model of the Baseball Hall Of Fame.
To be eligible for inclusion, an artist has to have released their debut album over 25 years ago. Black Sabbath’s eponymous debut was released in 1970 and they have been nominated four times already.