The Recording Academy has announced that Black Sabbath will receive a Lifetime Achievement Grammy at a ceremony in May of 2019.
Sabbath will be honored alongside George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic, Sam and Dave, Dionne Warwick, Julio Iglesias, Donny Hathaway and Billy Eckstine.
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 has released 19 studio albums.