Ozzy Osbourne is “so happy that Randy's genius is finally being recognized” by Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Ozzy Osbourne records the 'Blizzard of Ozz' album with guitarist Randy Rhoads (1956-1982) at Ridge Farm Studio in West Sussex, England in May 1980.
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The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has not been kind to metal artists through the years. And while 2021 still saw them pass over seemingly no-brainer nominees like Iron Maiden, the announcement of 2021’s inductee class does include Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot electric guitar legend Randy Rhoads, who has been tapped for the Musical Excellence Award.

The Musical Excellence Award, as defined by the Rock Hall, is given to artists, musicians, songwriters and producers whose originality and influence creating music have had a dramatic impact on music.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.