Recording industry recognizes Black Sabbath

Who says the recording industry and the suits don’t recognize heavy metal acts? That theory has been tested: Black Sabbath is among the artists who will receive a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award next year.

According to the Recording Academy, the Lifetime Achievement Award honors musicians who have “made outstanding contributions of artistic significance to the field of recording” over the decades. In a press release, the Recording Academy wrote about Black Sabbath: “From their power riffs to their dark, gothic imagery, Black Sabbath arguably invented the heavy metal signposts and influenced every heavy rock band that followed.”

A special award presentation ceremony and concert celebrating the honorees will be held on May 11, 2019, in Los Angeles.

In February 2017, Sabbath finished its “The End” tour in Birmingham, closing out the quartet’s ground-breaking 49-year career.  Due to the health of guitarist Tony Iommi, this was the band’s last tour. Iommi, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2012 and is currently in remission, can no longer travel for extended amounts of time. Sabbath wrote and recorded its 2013 reunion album, ’13,’ and toured all over the world while Iommi was going through treatment for his illness.

Neil Portnow, president and CEO of the Recording Academy, said in a statement: “Each year, the Recording Academy has the distinct privilege of celebrating music industry giants who have greatly contributed to our cultural heritage. This year, we have a gifted and brilliant group of honorees and their exceptional accomplishments, contributions, and artistry will continue to influence and inspire generations to come.”

Also receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award next year are George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic, Billy Eckstine, Donny Hathaway, Julio Iglesias, Sam & Dave and Dionne Warwick.


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