Ozzy Osbourne to receive Billboard award

Honored for music, album sales, Ozzfest tour

Ozzy Osbourne, the rock music icon whose career spans four decades and has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, will be presented the Legend of Live award at the 2009 Billboard Touring Awards on Nov. 5 in New York. Osbourne will appear at the event to receive the honor.

The Billboard Legend of Live award recognizes an individual who has made significant and lasting contributions to live music and the touring business, and acknowledges the recipient's commitment to the art of performing live and reaching fans through the concert experience.

Previous award recipients include Rolling Stones promoter Michael Cohl (2004), Cellar Door Concerts founder Jack Boyle (2005), Sir Elton John (2006), pioneering agent Frank Barsalona (2007), and the Allman Brothers Band (2008).

"Ozzy has altered the course of rock music and live performance through his work with Black Sabbath and as a hugely popular solo artist, and his continued commitment to playing live makes him the perfect choice for the Billboard Legend Of Live award," said Ray Waddell, Billboard's executive director of content and programming, touring and live entertainment.

"There is no doubt that Ozzy's impact on live music, including pioneering the multiact rock festival touring with Ozzfest, will be felt for many years to come, and his efforts continue to shape the touring landscape in this century."

The Billboard Touring Awards honor the industry's top artists, venues and professionals for the year, based primarily on the Billboard Boxscore chart and on actual box office performance from Jan. 1-Sept. 30, 2009. This awards reception will wrap the sixth annual Billboard Touring Conference taking place at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City on Nov. 4 and 5.

For more information about the 6th annual Billboard Touring Conference and Awards, please visit Billboardevents.com.