A campaign to make rocker Ozzy Osbourne a knight is gathering pace after his daughter Kelly threw her weight behind it.

Public support for Australian super-fan Helen Maidiotis' campaign has mounted since Kelly backed it online, writing on Twitter.com, "I think this really needs to happen!" alongside a link to the project's Facebook.com page.

The petition had received 13,880 signatures on Tuesday (10Jun14), around 6,000 short of its 20,000 target.

In a note to Britain's Honours and Appointments Secretariat David Spooner, posted on Causes.com, Maidiotis writes, "I am petitioning for Ozzy Osbourne, frontman for Black Sabbath to receive a Knighthood after over 40 years of service to the music industry. Birmingham born John Michael Osbourne, has been entertaining and inspiring a great many throughout his life, he has been a huge success world wide with many successful albums with both Black Sabbath as well as in his solo career.

"Now in his mid 60's (sic), I believe the time has come for him to receive a Knighthood. Please consider Mr Osbourne for this honour as it is well deserved and long over due."