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Ozzy Osbourne to present at Grammys despite health troubles



Ozzy Osbourne will be presenting at this year’s Grammy Awards, the Recording Academy announced Wednesday. The news comes just one day after his shocking disclosure that he suffers from Parkinson’s disease.

The 71-year-old Black Sabbath frontman and his wife Sharon, 67, are among the presenters just announced for the award ceremony, which takes place this Sunday, Jan. 26, at 8 p.m. at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

The so-called Prince of Darkness has been candid about his health struggles in the face of mounting concern about his well-being. On Tuesday, he told “Good Morning America” that he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in February.

“There’s so many different types of Parkinson’s — it’s not a death sentence by any stretch of the imagination, but it does affect certain nerves in your body,” Sharon told GMA anchor Robin Roberts, “and it’s, it’s like you have a good day, a good day, and then a really bad day.”

Parkinson’s, a progressive nervous system disorder that affects movement, has no cure but can be alleviated by medications or surgery, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Osbourne, who has taken home three Grammys himself, as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award, also addressed the nasty fall he took in his bathroom in 2019 that dislodged numerous metal rods in his body. He said in the “GMA” interview he had to receive 15 screws in his spine following the accident.

“[It] was the worst, longest, most painful, miserable year of my life,” he recounted during the interview. “When I had the fall, it was pitch black, I went to the bathroom and I fell. I just fell and landed like a slam on the floor, and I remember lying there thinking, ‘Well, you’ve done it now,’ really calm. Sharon [called] an ambulance. After that, it was all downhill.”

But clearly, his health status isn’t slowing him down. He and Sharon will be joining a long list of presenters at the 62nd annual event. Other presenters announced by the Recording Academy include Jim Gaffigan, Trevor Noah, Common, Cynthia Erivo, Dua Lipa, Billy Porter, Smokey Robinson, Shania Twain, Keith Urban, Stevie Wonder, Ava DuVernay and Bebe Rexha. Musicians Brandi Carlile and Tanya Tucker, who are also performing, are slated to present as well.

Nominees at the 2020 Grammys include first-timers Lizzo and Billie Eilish, as well as mainstays such as Taylor Swift and Beyoncé. See the full list here.

And Osbourne isn’t the only one making a victorious appearance at the award show. Demi Lovato, 27, revealed she’d be returning to the stage with a number at the 2020 Grammy Awards, marking the first time she’s performed live since her overdose in 2018.

The award show will go on despite controversy over its leadership, which surfaced last week when the Recording Academy ousted its boss Deborah Dugan. Dugan wrote a bombshell memo alleging harassment and corrupt voting inside the organization. Around the same time, she was placed on leave after her assistant accused her of bullying.



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Ozzy Osbourne faces death with new ‘Under the Graveyard’ single



Ozzy Osbourne isn’t going down easy — but he is facing his mortality.

After a string of high-profile illnesses, the Black Sabbath frontman-turned-solo-legend is back with “Under the Graveyard,” his first solo release in nearly a decade.

The new single is a dark, guitar-driven dirge that finds Osbourne, 70, pondering the end of life. Its reflective lyrics include: “Under the graveyard, we’re all rotting bones — everything you are, can’t take it when you go, I ain’t living this lie no more. Oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh. It’s cold in the graveyard. We all die alone.”

“Under the Graveyard” is t he first track from “Ordinary Man,” Osbourne’s first album since 2010’s “Scream,” which wife Sharon Osbourne, 67, confirmed on SiriusXM was due out in January.

“It all started when [my daughter] Kelly comes in and says, ‘Do you want to work on a Post Malone song?’ ” Ozzy told NME. “My first thing was ‘who the f - - k is Post Malone?!’ ”

Yes, the legendary King of Darkness had “never even heard of this kid,” he tells the UK rock outlet. “He wanted me to sing on his song ‘Take What You Want,’ so I did and then one thing led to another. I started recording a new album with Post Malone’s producer Andrew Watt. It’s only nine tracks but it was a catalyst to get me to where I am today.”

“Ordinary Man” features something of a superband: Watt (Malone’s “Burning Man”) on guitars, Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) on drums and Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses) on bass. The recording was made in Los Angeles while Osbourne was recovering from a string of illnesses, Rolling Stone reported.

“I previously had said to Sharon I should be doing an album, but in the back of my mind I was going ‘I haven’t got the f - - king strength,’ ” Osbourne told NME. “But Andrew pulled it out of me. I really hope people listen to it and enjoy it, because I put my heart and soul into this album.”

Alas, fans will have to wait a while longer see him perform live.

Before a fall in January that left him in need of surgery on his neck vertebrae, the star had previously postponed some tour dates after contracting a life-threatening staph infection in his right hand in October 2018. Earlier this year, he also contracted a flu that escalated into pneumonia — and landed him in the ICU, so all 2019 gigs were rescheduled.

The UK outlet now reports that all of Osbourne’s 2020 UK and European concert dates have been postponed.





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