The Recording Academy has announced that Black Sabbath will receive a Lifetime Achievement Grammy at a ceremony in May next year. The rock icons, who played their farewell show in February 2017, will be honored along with George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic, Sam and Dave, Dionne Warwick, Julio Iglesias, Donny Hathaway and Billy Eckstine.

Lifetime Achievement Awards are given to artists who have “made outstanding contributions … to the field of recording,” the Academy said. “From their power riffs to their dark, gothic imagery, Black Sabbath arguable invented the heavy metal signposts and influenced every heavy rock band that followed.”

Black Sabbath’s official discography includes 19 studio albums, and also includes 30 singles, six live albums, 12 compilation album and one EP. The band has won two Grammys in the Best Metal Performance category, for a live version of “Iron Man” released in 1998 and secondly for “God is Dead” from 13.

Black Sabbath Among Honorees to Receive Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards


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