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Sharon 'so proud' of Ozzy the icon

Sharon Osbourne said she was "so proud" of husband Ozzy as he appeared at the MTV Europe Music Awards to collect the title of Global Icon.

The couple joined stars Ed Sheeran, Biffy Clyro, Amy Macdonald and Emeli Sande on the red carpet as the awards got under way at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow.

Presenter Nicki Minaj told thousands of music fans packed into the venue to expect "the mother of all parties" as the awards celebrated their 20th year.

Sharon Osbourne said ahead of the show: "I'm so proud. It's his night. I just want him to have the best time."

Ozzy said of the award: "I can't believe it, it's just incredible."

With nominations across seven categories, Dark Horse singer Perry leads tonight's competition, closely followed by Ariana Grande with six.

Both are up for Best Female, along with Minaj, Taylor Swift and Beyonce.

Pharrell Williams is up for five trophies, including best song and best video for his global hit Happy.

He is also among the nominations for Best Male in a category which includes Ed Sheeran, Eminem, Justin Bieber and Justin Timberlake.

MTV held castings for more than 2,000 local music fans to be part of the audience for the show.

Performances are expected by U2, Alicia Keys and Ed Sheeran, but DJ Calvin Harris pulled out yesterday due to illness.

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