SHARON OSBOURNE 'Most Important Person in Rock'

Sharon Osbourne has topped a list of the most important people in rock compiled by Kerrang! magazine, according to Scotsman.com.

The 51-year-old wife/manager Ozzy Osbourne, who beat the likes of Kurt Cobain and Justin Hawkins from THE DARKNESS in the Kerrang! power list, was recently given the all-clear after being diagnosed with cancer.

"Sharon is the real power behind the Prince of Darkness' throne," Kerrang! said. "Even cancer knows not to mess with Sharon Osbourne."

Satan occupied second place in the list “because the Devil has all the best tunes," the magazine said.

Third was Brian Becker, boss of music giant Clear Channel Entertainment which owns most of America's rock radio stations.

THE DARKNESS frontman Justin Hawkins was fourth, described as "the man who has single-handedly put the fun back into rock 'n' roll."

Controversial film-maker Michael Moore made sixth place for "continuing to inspire and inform rock's anti-authoritarian bands."

Others who made the top 10 included late NIRVANA frontman Kurt Cobain, Avril Lavigne and Sanctuary founder Rod Smallwood, the man who signed IRON MAIDEN.

Lavigne made the top 10 "for turning a new generation of pop fans into fans of all things loud and objectionable."

The new issue of Kerrang! is out on Wednesday (June 23).

Kerrang! top 10 most important people in rock:

01. Sharon Osbourne
02. Satan
03. Brian Becker (CEO of Clear Channel Entertainment)
04. Justin Hawkins
05. Rick Rubin (legendary rock producer)
06. Michael Moore
07. Kurt Cobain
08. Rod Smallwood (founder of Sanctuary)
09. Lars Ulrich (METALLICA)
10. Avril Lavigne

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