A number of British politicians have joined forces to urge Queen Elizabeth II to honor Black Sabbath. The move was made after singer Ozzy Osbourne and guitarist Tony Iommi recently performed during the closing ceremony at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England.
According to Blabbermouth, the cross-bench selection of MPs are working on the initiative with the leader of the Birmingham City Council, Ian Ward, and the deputy leader, Councillor Brigid Jones. Khalid Mahmood, Labour MP for Birmingham Perry Barr, has also launched a petition to get the band recognized for their music services in Birmingham. The following was said in a letter to the Queen:
“For all their global fame, they have kept strong links with Birmingham, demonstrated by their barnstorming surprise performance at the closing ceremony of Commonwealth Games.
I appreciate this request is not within the normal procedures of seeking royal honours. However, we feel that this extraordinary occasion deserves extraordinary recognition of this extraordinary group of musicians,” the letter continued.
We therefore seek direct intervention and support from Your Majesty to recognise the great contribution made by these fine and ground-breaking musicians, who were made in Birmingham and who have once again not just entertained Birmingham, the United Kingdom and the whole of the Commonwealth but perhaps the world.”