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Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler & Bill Ward unite at Grammy salute to Black Sabbath

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Black Sabbath were honoured with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Saturday night (11th May).

Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward all attended the Grammy Salute To Music Legends ceremony to pick up their Lifetime Achievement Award for their outstanding contribution to music.

Explaining why Black Sabbath were honoured, The Recording Academy said: ‘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.’

Rival Sons, who supported Black Sabbath on The End Tour, performed a medley of War Pigs, Changes and Paranoid at the ceremony in tribute to the legendary metal band.   

Both Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi took to social media afterwards to share pictures from backstage, with Tony writing: “Another Grammy! Great performance from Rival Sons yesterday, thanks guys.”

Rival Sons drummer Mike Miley wrote on Instagram: What an experience. We @rivalsons got to present a @recordingacademy Lifetime Achievement Award to @blacksabbath last night, AND perform a medley of their songs, RIGHT IN FRONT OF THEM, and a vast array of other stars and legends, at the @dolbytheatre In Hollywood.

“I got to sit down with @billwarddrummer for a few precious moments; talking about jazz, feel, and rhythm, and other life stuff. What a treat. What a legend and what a sweetheart “Wardy” is.”

Alongside Black Sabbath, George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic, Billy Eckstine, Donny Hathaway, Julio Iglesias, Sam & Dave, and Dionne Warwick were all honoured with Lifetime Achievement Awards on Saturday.

Black Sabbath played their final show at Birmingham Genting Arena on 4th February 2017.

Don’t forget, Home of Metal’s Black Sabbath '50 years' exhibition is coming to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery from 22nd June to 29th September.

The exhibition will feature historical photos, ephemera, and memorabilia sourced directly from Black Sabbath themselves, plus there will also be portraits and stories from the Home of Metal fan archive.

Tickets are now on sale and available to buy here.

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