BLACK SABBATH was honored with a Grammy in the “Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance” category in the pre-telecast ceremony at the 56th annual Grammy Awards, which is being held tonight (Sunday, January 26) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. BLACK SABBATH was nominated for the track “God Is Dead?”, from the band’s 2013 comeback album “13”.
The SABBATH members did not personally accept the award at the pre-telecast ceremony because they were busy preparing to be one of the presenters during the main show. Pop singer Cyndi Lauper, who co-hosted the pre-telecast, said that she spoke with them prior to the event and that they were grateful for the honor. “I know that Ozzy is not here and I saw them last night,” she said. “They asked me to accept this award for them. It’s awesome. And I’m sure he thanks the Academy. They had to be next door to do something. Thank you, thank you, thank you to everybody.”
Osbourne came up with the title for “God Is Dead?”, but bassist Geezer Butler wanted to call it something else. Ozzy told Shortlist, “I was in a doctor’s office and there was a magazine in there with that line on the cover. I thought, ‘Yeah — people flew planes into the World Trade Center because of God, there’s all this fucking shit going on in the world in the name of God.'” Geezer added, “Ozzy gave me that line, and I wrote the lyrics. I wanted to call the song ‘American Jihad’.”
Ozzy continued, “Fuck that. I’m the guy at the front singing it; I would have had a fucking army after me . . . In the early days [of BLACK SABBATH], there was a lot of backlash from religious groups . . . I was sent letters written in blood. In my house I must have 25 fucking Bibles, each with a marked-up passage that [the sender] wanted me to read.”
Butler told The Pulse Of Radio what the song was about. “It’s about this guy that sets out to prove that God is still alive, and he has this voice in his head saying that God’s dead, and he can’t get rid of the voice telling him, so he goes out and kills everybody,” he said.
“13” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart in June 2013, the first SABBATH album to ever top the U.S. chart.
Tommy Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler later introduced a performance by Ringo Starr at the 56th annual Grammy Awards. Ozzy Osbourne messed up Ringo Starr introduction. The incident caused Osbourne’s Black Sabbath bandmates Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi to crack up. Ozzy Osbourne had a very simple explanation for his flub on stage, when he appeared to lose his place while reading the teleprompter introducing Ringo Starr. “I completely (expletive) it up,” he told reporters backstage.
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