OZZY OSBOURNE Voted Rock Star Of 2003

Injured singer Ozzy Osbourne has been voted rock star of the year in a poll of music fans, according to BBC News.

Osbourne, who is recovering from a quad bike crash and recently secured his first U.K. No. 1 single, won the accolade from Virgin Radio listeners.

Justin Hawkins, frontman with THE DARKNESS, came a close second in the poll of 3,000 fans.

U2's singer Bono was voted into third place, ahead of Robbie Williams and COLDPLAY's Chris Marti.

"Ozzy Osbourne is the kind of rock legend we would all secretly love as a dad," said Ben Jones, the presenter of Virgin's "Most Wanted" show.

"He's in a massive rock band and has lived the rock 'n' roll lifestyle to the full — the kind of fatherly advice you get from Ozzy Osbourne comes from experience.

"And Justin Hawkins from THE DARKNESS has spent the year jumping around in a catsuit when he's not flying around in his space-ship — it's definitely been his year."

Other rock stars to make it in to the top ten included two Sixties legends — ROLLING STONES guitarist Keith Richards at No. 6 and THE BEATLES' Sir Paul McCartney at No. 7.

WHITE STRIPES' singer Jack White and Pete Docherty of new British band THE LIBERTINES also made it into the top ten.

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