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Black Sabbath to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at 2019 Grammys

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(2L) Ozzy Osbourne and members of Heavy metal rock group, Black Sabbath (Photo by Ann Clifford/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
The guys have achieved the lifetime status (Picture: The LIFE Picture Collection)

Black Sabbath will be honoured at the 2019 Grammy Awards by receiving the Lifetime Achievement award.

The British rock band will be acknowledged by the Recording Academy at a ceremony in Los Angeles on 11 May.

The annual award is given to artists who have ‘made outstanding contributions of artistic significance to the field of recording.’

Previous winners have included Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin, Bee Gees and David Bowie.

The Grammys website praises Black Sabbath, as it read: ‘From their power riffs to their dark, gothic imagery, Black Sabbath arguably invented the heavy-metal signposts and influenced every hard-rock band that followed.’

It’s not yet known whether the band, including founder Ozzy Osborne, will collect the award in person.

The band, who are known for songs such as Sabbath Bloody Sabbath and The Wizard, split last year after nearly 50 years together. They bowed out with an epic gig in Birmingham, which ended with them streaming their final song, Paranoid, on Facebook for fans around the world to watch.

Ozzy vowed to continue solo, and performed at Download Festival 2018 before bowing out of his performing career.

Black Sabbath sold over 70 million records worldwide during their career which spanned six decades.

Billed as ‘the Beatles of heavy metal’ by Rolling Stone, they helped to define a genre that would lead to bands such as Motorhead, Iron Maiden, and System Of A Down, and later the creation of new genres including thrash metal, death metal, and nu metal.

‘Sabbath got me started on all that evil-sounding shit,’ James Hetfield, the lead singer of Metallica, told Total Guitar magazine in 2008, while Guns N Roses’ Slash added that the band ‘just opens up your mind to another dimension.’

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