Grammy Foundation’s MusiCares celebrated its 10-year anniversary by holding a benefit concert honoring musician Ozzy Osbourne and music producer Jeff Greenberg. Ozzy was given the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award from Joe Walsh for his outstanding dedication in assisting other addicts throughout the recovery process, whilst Jeff received the MusiCares from the Heart Award from Craig Ferguson considering his commitment and passion for the organization and it’s objective.
The event, hosted by comedian Dax Shepard, featured performances by Metallica, Blasko, Tommy Clufetos, Billy Morrison, Dave Navarro, Slash, Keb' Mo', Beth Hart with Chad Smith, and DJ Mix Master Mike. The love for Ozzy was clearly in the air as artists took the stage, including Beth Hart performing the Black Sabbath song, "Changes", and Metallica covering Ozzy's "Diary of a Madman" and the Beatles' "In My Life" as Ozzy has surprisingly been greatly influenced by the Beatles in his music career. Metallica's lead singer James Hetfield expressed, "We love you Ozzy" on stage and the room was immediately filled with love.
Many establishments, artists, companies and corporations thanked the two honorees, including The Recording Academy stating, "Ozzy and Jeff, supporters like you are our ROCK! You have our deepest gratitude", as well as Metallica, "Thank you Ozzy for your continued support and inspiration to Metallica throughout your long and blessed career."
For addiction recovery facilities, MusiCares MAP Fund has amazingly supplied more than $8.6 million for nearly 2,500 clients. As the word keeps spreading, this event was by far a substantial success for this foundation.
Text by Kylie Wishart
Photos by Paula Tripodi