Ozzy Named President Of Heavy Metal

A vast online poll has named Ozzy Osbourne as the President of Heavy Metal, after some frantic last-minute campaigning against Rob Zombie.

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As an antidote to the US Presidential election, Loudwire conducted their own poll to find an official President Of Heavy Metal.

16 rock legends were in the running for the title, but Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne won after defeating Rob Zombie and Rob Halford in the final two rounds.

The final round was a close call, with both Ozzy and Zombie running real campaigns on their Facebook pages to rally up votes at the last minute. Ozzy finally pulled through with 50.82% lead, compared to Zombie's 49.18% of 100,000 votes.

Here's the results of each round:

Congratulations to Ozzy Osbourne, the new President of Heavy Metal!

Do you agree with the vote? Who would you nominate as President? Place your nominations and votes in the comments!

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    cip 123
    i'm sorry but how the hell does Rob Zombie beat Lemmy and Bruce Dickinson?
    geor4ge
    lemmy gettin knocked out by zombie????? WTF!!!!! ****in hell, lemmy should be vice prez or prz,,,,,
    Nero Galon
    The hell, not hating on Rob Zombie AT ALL but Bruce Dickinson is waaaay better?
    jannick
    exactly. i totally agree with the winner. but how did bruce not make it to the finals?
    gray96
    I would've said Tony Iommi, but I guess that he's the god of metal.
    introvert10
    I'd have voted for Lemmy if I had known about this thing. Pretty cool idea regardless of winners/losers. Should do this every year.
    gray96
    Dio wasn't even in the running? Do my eyes deceive me?
    goremetal22
    He's dead
    gray96
    Your point being...?
    Tarsplitter
    Hard to be a president when you're dead.
    Biggilton
    Not hard to be VP, though. I'm pretty sure Dick Cheney has been dead for over 20 years.
    Lacebad
    Rob halford for ****in president of metal! If Lemmy ever played in metal band, I reckon it'd be him.
    MultiM
    loudwire poll's are so stupid actually forget about ozzy but once arch enemy lost against chelsea grin and that was so stupid
    RJDfan666
    I pooped today.
    thechaostheory
    I might've been high, but when I read that, I had to laugh. Pointless, but you're probably very proud of yourself, and due to that, I am too! *Hands over TOP POOP medal*
    gray96
    Max Cavalera wasn't in the running, either? Yeah, he may not have a great voice, but there probably wouldn't be guys like Corey Taylor or Randy Blythe without him.
    blooddrunk
    Should be Iommi. Ozzy didnt give a crap about sabbath when he was wasted/drugged up.
    alexw1020
    I would've had Bruce winning the whole thing if it were up to me, but this is still a pretty cool concept. All hail the President of Darkness!
    Macejko
    This just show which generation conquer internet these days and that has absolutely NOTHING to do with good music. Randy Blythe ? Rob Zombie ? Corey Taylor ? and those other guys I havnt even heard of ? How dare they compare those ****s with Great Artist like Halford, Dickinson or Hetfield ? And Blythe won over BRUCE DICKINSON ? These ****ing posers have no idea about true Heavy Metal....arg, this is just pile of shit
    Morphogenesis26
    Judas Priest, Ozzy, Maiden, and Dio all released very poor albums that were really only slightly heavier Pop Rock.
    gray96
    Says the guy with the At the Gates avatar. Just because it's not the heaviest thing ever doesn't mean that it's not metal.
    Morphogenesis26
    It's not that they weren't the heaviest thing ever, but that comparison is more to do with how they were closer to Pop music. I made it because many people consider these bands, like Macejko, as "good music" that is so amazing that no one should go against it, despite it being very plain.
    gray96
    "Plain"? I'm sorry, but Priest, Ozzy, Maiden, and Dio are far less monotonous than a lot of the stuff from the '90s and 2000s. Don't get me wrong, I like some of the newer stuff, too, but much of it sounds the same.
    Morphogenesis26
    At The Gates, Eucharist, Anacrusis, Demigod, Summoning, Dismember, Vehemence, Enthral, Dissection, Kamelot, Dominia, Pharoah, Atheist, Cynic, Edge Of Sanity, and many other bands from the 90's onward did very interesting things and have much more replayabillity than Priest and them. This has become a matter of opinion now, though.
    Skuzzmo
    How you can list those bands and then say they have more re-playability than Priest and the like beggers belief.... I'm not directly slagging these bands because I used to listen to a lot of them but after a while it just gets "samey". Once I got past the novelty of how hard/fast/ they play I found them pretty much a one trick pony....which is probably why I stopped listening to it.... Give me Priest, Maiden, Dio, Ozzy over that kak any day of the week But, of course, that is just my humble opinion....
    Morphogenesis26
    Thing is, for most of those bands, they all do something interesting, some examples are in order! :3 At The Gates - Utilized very interesting harmonies and song structure that made each song seem like an album on it's own. Vehemence - Crafting brutal Death Metal with an extremely accessible sense of melody that give them such a unique sound and vibe that I have no heard mimiced yet. Those are 2, but I don't want to spam the comments section. My point is that these bands had more to their sound then the early popular Metal bands had, since they generally could get away with being catchy with memorable riffs and be done with it. This is probably going down an "agree to disagree" path, but I strongly suggest listening to some of those bands.
    Skuzzmo
    As I said previously I've already listened to a lot of those bands and grew bored of them because ultimately I find a lot of their song writing to be repetitive. I think I just out grew that type of music..it's not me any more. But fair play m8, as long as you enjoy your music, whatever it is, it doesn't really matter what other people say. All the best buddy
    gray96
    Indeed, it has become a matter of opinion. To tell you the truth, actually, Kamelot's The Black Halo holds a higher place in my heart than any Priest or Maiden record, so there you go, I guess.
    mastodude13
    Ozzy hasn't done anything good since Randy died, but then again neither has Halford and I don't think Rob Zombie has ever done anything good. But thats just my opinion. Randy Blythe, James Hetfield, Phil Anselmo, and Matt Pike would all be better choices.
    DisarmGoliath
    Painkiller came out a long time after Randy died, and is easily one of the best Priest albums... just sayin' I'm surprised Lemmy, and Rob Zombie, got further than Hetfield but I disagree with the rest of your choices as they've had an influence for far less time and are much less renowned in general.
    gkex
    Yeah, Ozzy is a solid choice, but the Rob Zombie vs. Lemmy is just stupid. I men, Rob beating Lemmy kinda makes me think this was a survey taken mostly by fanboys. This was probably due to the electoral college.
    Scourge441
    You're surprised Lemmy got further than Hetfield? Really?
    DisarmGoliath
    Clearly a lot of people here would disagree with me, based on some of the responses, but I'm not much of a Motorhead fan and think Metallica were far more influential to metal than Motorhead, and Hetfield is far more renowned - just my opinoin; each to their own
    Scourge441
    FWIW James Hetfield would probably tell you that Metallica wouldn't exist without Lemmy. I agree that Metallica were directly influential to more bands than Motorhead, but you can definitely pick up the Motorhead influence filtered through other things (Venom, all of the Stockholm death metal scene, most early thrash etc.).
    gkex
    Yeah, this is true. None of the big thrash bands would exist without Lemmy. Check out that documentary that came out last year about Lemmy. "49% Mother*****, 51% SOB. It's great and Hetfield, Anthrax, many others are in it. Also, Lemmy drives a Panzer tank around in a German uniform so yeah ... pretty cool.
    Vinson
    So....without Lemmy, Hetfield, Mustaine, Ian, King and the rest would be playing what? POP music?
    mastodude13
    Yeah but at least those guys are a little more relevant right now. I would definitely take Tony Iommi over Ozzy too.
    EL1XER
    Pretty sure Phil Anselmo has had a huge influence on metal, and is pretty renowned. What modern metal band hasn't been influenced by Pantera? And considering Pantera were a hair metal band before Phil pushed them to a heavier sound, I'd say he's pretty influential. Phil is up there with Hetfield.
    Schwimmy
    Phil didn't push them to that sound. They were going in that direction and hired Phil because he was as well.
    gypsyblues7373
    I gotta disagree, I'm a longtime Ozzy (and Randy) fan and I think "No More Tears" is one of his best albums.
    thechaostheory
    I just like Randy
    gkex
    Live tribute album is raw
    thechaostheory
    Do you have a link to it? I want to hear it! And I don't want to get tributes from talentless losers on YouTube (no offence to anyone who has done a tribute. Sometimes they're good, but most the time they suck)
    UniformRecon
    There's actually an interview with Metallica in which the band unanimously decides that Kirk would be President if they had their own country.
    Revocati0n
    Dude rob Zombie's Hellbilly Deluxe Vol. 1 is a ****ing killer album
    gypsyblues7373
    Hellbilly Deluxe Vol. 1 is a great album...I just don't think of Rob Zombie as "metal", at least not in the same way as Ozzy, Halford, Lemmy, etc., although I'm a fan.
    GenerationKILL
    Ozzy Osbourne was in Black Sabbath AND had an iconic solo career. Enough said. He's in ONE MORE iconic band than the rest of those candidates.
    zomgguitarz1234
    Dave mustaine was in metallica AND megadeth. Dio was in black sabbath and had an iconic solo career and they didn't even put him up there. Ever wonder where that horns thing came from?
    archangels
    I am absolutely shocked that Mustaine beat Serj in the very first round. Apparently the voters didn't know how whacked out Mustaine is. Then agian, I would vote for Serj Tankian for president of the world, so maybe I'm just biased.
    CoolMcAwesome
    Ozzy? really? I'd think that Hetfield would win this by default. he is basically the Ron Jeremy of metal. w/e
    Mkorn
    i don't have anything against ozzy but i really doubt his voice is the best in heavy metal bands
    mralexforbes
    Why is Metallica such a bad word nowadays?!?!?! They were the leading pioneers of the thrash movement and i think they deserve a little more respect! It is like, if anything has anything to do with metallica is gets hated. C'mon Mr Hetfiend deserves to be more acknowledged that Rob Zombie... well so do a lot of the greats in that list
    Burkz
    How could rob zombie beat bruce dickinson,lemmy and mustaine? That's just weird IMO
    I.shower.naked
    What about Randy Blythe?
    introvert10
    What about him.
    gkex
    He killed a guy on accident once and got arrested. Did you know that?
    vppark2
    Ya cuz everyone from UG so did not know that and we all live in a cave...
    RC52190
    Why does it seem like no one has any sense of, or appreciation for witty sarcasm and satire on this site? Get the sticks out of your asses, guize. It's clear he's just trololololling.
    TheExterminator
    I know Loudwire sucks and their users/fans suck even worse.. But has Heavy Metal fallen so far that a hack like Rob Zombie could be liked more than Bruce Dickinson and Lemmy? What is wrong with the people who voted for this thing?
    jor_guitar
    Really, it's Iron Maiden that makes it metal, not only Bruce. He is a remarkable singer, much better than Zombie, but Zombie is much and much heavier.