The Recording Academy has announced Black Sabbath will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammys.
After wrapping up their farewell tour last year (2017) Black Sabbath was ready for a break. No rest for the wicked though, as Black Sabbath has been announced the Grammys’ Lifetime Achievement Award in May of 2019.
The 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.”
“Each year, the Recording Academy has the distinct privilege of celebrating music industry giants who have greatly contributed to our cultural heritage,” Grammy president and CEO Neil Portnow added. “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.”
Black Sabbath’s official discography includes 19 studio albums, 30 singles, six live albums, 12 compilation albums 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.
There’s no confirmation if the band will be at the event to accept the award. Other honorees include George Clinton, Parliament-Funkadelic, Sam and Dave, Dionne Warwick, Julio Iglesias, Donny Hathaway and Billy Eckstine.