Rhoads, who tragically passed away in a plane crash in 1982 at age 25, got his first break with Quiet Riot but became a legend thanks to his work on Ozzy Osbourne's first two solo albums, Blizzard of Ozz (1980) and Diary of a Madman (1981).
Along with writing and arranging the music on both albums, Rhoads redefined lead guitar playing with his post-Van Halen fusion of blues, rock and neo-Classical melody.
He called Rhoads "A peerless talent who fused timeless riffs, solos of ingenious beauty and emotional fire, and a catalog that melds technical mastery and raw rock power...Randy was a tremendous musician and huge inspiration and I'm so glad to see him honored."
Rhoads' 'Musical Excellence' honor is also notable because Ozzy himself has yet to be inducted into the Rock Hall on his own. Ozzy was inducted in 2006 as a member of Black Sabbath, but has yet to be recognized for his influential solo career.
In his 2020, A&E Biography: The Nine Lives of Ozzy Osbourne, Ozzy praised Rhoads as having saved his life and career during their years together.
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