MTV.com has confirmed that after eight tries, legendary heavy metal act BLACK SABBATH will finally be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year. They will be joined by punk pioneers the SEX PISTOLS, new wave icons BLONDIE, jazz godhead MILES DAVIS and southern rockers LYNYRD SKYNYRD. A&M Records founders Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss will be inducted in the Lifetime Achievement in the Non-Performer category for their work building the label they co-founded in 1962 into one of the most successful independent labels in the world thanks to hit albums by artists including PETER FRAMPTON, THE POLICE, JOE JACKSON, THE NEVILLE BROTHERS, CAT STEVENS and Alpert's group, TIJUANA BRASS.
The 21st annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony will take place on March 13 in New York at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.
BLACK SABABTH guitarist Tony Iommi recently told Launch he was not happy that SABBATH have not yet been inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. "I'm pissed off about that," he said. "I think that's... you know, I don't normally go round blowing our own trumpet saying we are this and we are that. I'm not that kind of person but I really think we deserve... you know, to be in that. Because without us that kind of music wouldn't have existed. 'Cause a lot of bands that have sparked off from us wouldn't be around and there probably wouldn't be this kind of music."
Artists are eligible to be inducted into the Rock Hall after at least 25 years have passed since their first record was released.
Six years ago, Ozzy Osbourne attempted to take BLACK SABBATH's name off the Hall of Fame's 1999 nomination list, deeming the institution's nod "meaningless."
In an October 1999 letter to the Hall of Fame, Osbourne said: "Just take our name off the list. Save the ink. Forget about us. The nomination is meaningless, because it's not voted on by the fans. It's voted on by the supposed elite for the industry and the media, who've never bought an album or concert ticket in their lives, so their vote is irrelevant to me." He added, "Let's face it, BLACK SABBATH has never been media darlings. We're a people's band and that suits us just fine."