Black Sabbath to Headline ESPN Action Sports & Music Awards

Celebrities, Athletes and Legends Join First-Ever Action Sports Show

The original members of Black Sabbath-Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, “Geezer” Butler, Bill Ward-have been confirmed to play the first-ever ESPN Action Sports & Music Awards, fueled by Mountain Dew, on April 7, 2001 (telecast April 10 at 9pm EST on ESPN) at the Universal Ampitheatre in Los Angeles, it was announced by ESPN’s Ron Semiao, vice president, programming and managing director, global X.

According to Semiao, Ozzy Osbourne, front man for Black Sabbath, originator of the popular Ozzfest Tour and a rock ‘n roll icon to a nation of action sports enthusiasts, has been at the very top of the target list of bands ESPN has been soliciting to play the show. “We are very honored and grateful to have Ozzy and the original members of Black Sabbath perform at this inaugural event,” said Semiao. “It means a lot to the professional action sports athletes to have a musical artist that they grew up with and continue to listen to appear in a show that celebrates the symbiotic relationship between action sports and music.”

Sharon Osbourne, Ozzy’s wife and manager, said “The Action Sports & Music Awards show provides the perfect opportunity to marry Sabbath’s timeless majesty with those in the sporting world who have most been influenced by them-the extreme athletes. We thought it would be great to have the band get in front of the masses on a large scale before they go on tour with The Ozzfest 2001. Over the years, the band has rejected many offers to appear on mainstream television so this will be a special engagement for everyone.”

Black Sabbath joins Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals and De La Soul featuring Busta Rhymes in performing at the show. Further information regarding the final two acts will be forthcoming.

Actresses Darryl Hanna and Katherine Heigl (Roswell), members of the band Pennywise, action sports stars Tina Basich, Danny Way and Jeff Emig, and the Playboy X-treme Team, will all serve as presenters and support hosts Rebecca Romijm-Stamos, LL Cool J and Chris Klein. Previously announced presenters include actor Tom Green, athlete/actress Gabrielle Reece, action sports stars Shaun Palmer and Rick Thorne, actresses Rachael Leigh Cook and Topher Grace, White Zombie front man Rob Zombie and hip hop star B Real.

The ESPN Action Sports & Music Awards will be the first ever awards show to bring together the most recognizable action sports athletes and cutting edge musical artists in the unique forum of an awards show. ESPN will unite athletes, sports legends, musicians and Hollywood celebrities to present the most explosive evening in the history of action sports. Throughout the evening, awards will be presented to those who have shaped and continue to change the sports of the new millennium and in a unique twist; awards will also be presented to the musical artists that have accompanied these athletes every step of the way.

Professional athletes within each respective sport will vote for:
Male and Female Surfer of the Year
BMX Rider of the Year
Surfing’s Musical Artist of the Year
BMX Musical Artist of the Year
Male and Female Snowboarder of the Year
Skateboarder of the Year
Snowboarding’s Musical Artist of the Year
Skateboarding’s Musical Artist of the Year
Male and Female Skier of the Year
Motocross Rider of the Year
Skiing’s Musical Artist of the Year
Motocross Musical Artist of the Year

The ESPN Action Sports and Music Awards will also present the Action Sports Achievement Award, the Action Sports Artist Contribution Award and the Action Sports Feat of the Year Award.

Black Sabbath’s unstoppable Reunion tour ended up as the top-grossing Rock tour of 1999 and, by popular demand, the band is returning to headline The Ozzfest this summer. In its sixth year, Ozzfest is the perennial blockbuster package tour that gathers the best of Rock’s titans and emerging artists. It is expected to sell out all 30 of its tour stops in advance, beginning June 8 in Chicago.

In addition to Black Sabbath, The Ozzfest 2001 will also feature Platinum-selling heavyweights Marilyn Manson, Slipknot, Papa Roach, Linkin Park, Disturbed, and Crazytown. Add to that 13 additional acts on the Ozzfest Second Stage and you have a 13-hour marathon of mayhem.

The ESPN Action Sports & Music Awards, fueled by Mountain Dew, will take place April 7, 2001, and the Universal Ampitheatre in Los Angeles, with the original telecast on Tuesday, April 10, 2001 on ESPN at 9:00pm EST. will serve as the official website for the award show, and will provide a public voting machine allowing the viewers to make their selections, and will also have information on future repeat telecasts, biographies of all nominees, musical bios and more. The ESPN Action Sports & Music Awards is organized and televised by ESPN.