The Recording Academy has revealed the names of the artists who will be given a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award in 2019.

And among the names revealed today are Black Sabbath, who will be honoured at a ceremony in Los Angeles on May 11th.

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

Sabbath have been named alongside George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic, Billy Eckstine, Donny Hathaway, Julio Iglesias, Sam & Dave and Dionne Warwick.

Lou Adler, Ashford And Simpson, and Johnny Mandel have been named Trustees Award honourees, while Saul Walker will be the Technical Grammy Award recipient.

President and CEO of the Recording Academy, Neil Portnow, says, “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 honourees and their exceptional accomplishments, contributions, and artistry will continue to influence and inspire generations to come.”

The Recording Academy praise Black Sabbath for inventing “the heavy metal signposts” that “influenced every heavy rock band that followed.”

Sabbath wrapped up their last-ever tour in their home town of Birmingham in February last year, with both Ozzy Osbourne and Tony Iommi later saying that it might be possible for them to get back together to play at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

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  • Michael Monet on

    Is there any update on the TONY MARTIN era remasters? This is the final loose end in BLACK SABBATH history? Those albums weren’t all that great but they all have some good individual songs. Stop repackaging the first 8 albums and give us something that we don’t already have. HEADLESS CROSS, TYR, FORBIDDEN, CROSS PURPOSES and CROSS PURPOSES LIVE make up a significant era in the bands’ history and deserve to be heard again. There is probably not a big market for this stuff but a serious fan should check some of those songs out. These would be some of the more interesting re-releases that I could imagine.

    • Dana on

      Like you said, it comes down to supply and demand, die hard fans be damned.

      Maybe it will happen one day? But, I wouldn’t hold my breath.

  • Brian B on

    Great, now I have to watch this crap…. Hopefully it is early in the broadcast.

  • Keith G on

    Completely agree, Michael! I actually enjoyed the albums with Tony Martin quite a bit, although I know I am in the minority on that. “Headless Cross” and “TYR” were my favorite albums of that era of Sabbath, and there are some songs on those albums that are really good! You can’t find any of these albums on Spotify, Amazon Music, or even iTunes! I had them on cassette, but got rid of my cassettes years ago!

    • Michael Monet on

      I know that the days of the box set are over but those SABBATH albums combined with the IOMMI solo album with all of the different singers and the 2 with Glenn Hughes world make an awesome retrospective. Like Dana said: DON’T HOLD YOUR BREATH. Most of that stuff is available on used CDs on AMAZON for like $30 each and up. No thanks.

  • Michael Monet on

    Would make an awesome retrospective

    • shannon mehaffey on

      I thought Eternal Idol was released with Tony Martin’s and then a version with Ray Gillen’s singing on the same CD. I have Eternal Idol, Forbidden and Headless Cross on CD and Headless Cross on vinyl. Music is like a drug and when your tolerance has built up to the point where the other Sabbaths don’t give you the same buzz you can turn to these; they sound fresh and will get you a decent high I suppose. I really like When Death Calls and Tony ‘the CAT” Martin’s vocals are just vicious…wouldn’t you love to be in a musical and then sing that song to somebody just to f with their head? I sure as hell would. On a side note, I met Tony ‘THE CAT’ Martin in ’95 and I appreciated him more then because Sabbath was still putting out traditional metal during the height of grunge; so anyway, I was really going bald back then and Tony just looks at me and I think the trauma of having balding male fans was too much for him because he muttered something to himself and basically told me to f off (man, I wish we could still swear on here)…LOL….I should’ve worn a baseball cap…sorry Tony…He did sign my Headless Cross CD but boy oh boy was he miffed….

    • Dana on

      Good lord, he should have been grateful, that you even knew who he was, sheesh…

    • shannon mehaffey on

      ……nope 🙂

  • Michael Monet on

    WHEN DEATH CALLS is a killer (ha) tune. The best song on all of the albums that I mentioned. Tony Martin if memory serves was also rather bald in the Michael Bolton (I got his name in on a metal site) sort of way. Sorry for the bad experience but I never put much stock in meeting these people. I like them better as mysterious photos on an album sleeve. That said, Bret Michaels is a quality person.

    • shannon mehaffey on

      I love that part where he says that he’s going to call the reeeeepeerrrraaarrrrrggghhhhohhh!!!! Can you just imagine how cool that would be if someone was really being a thorn in your side and you could just summon that song up and sound like Tony THE CAT Martin? ….I should mention that Iommi was a sweetheart and Cozy Powell was cool as hell…I mean, I love Cozy; that guy is such a cool dude…Lemmy was there too but I didn’t say anything to him….I just don’t belong to the cult of Lemmy. Motorhead’s manager told us that Motorhead got all the girls…lol….Phil Campbell was cool …..During the show Tony THE CAT Martin actually pointed me out and pushed back his hairline as if to make fun of my hairline….lol…I ain’t kiddin’…lol…I mean, what is this guy’s problem?

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