Metal music monthly Metal Hammer have announced that the recipients of their ultimate Golden God Award, at next week’s Metal Hammer Golden God Awards in association with Orange Amplification, will be Black Sabbath. The awards take place at London’s Indig02 on 12 June, where the band’s lead guitarist and co-founder Tony Iommmi will be on hand to receive the accolade.
The band thus join a distinguished list of winners of the Golden God Award including Iron Maiden, Slayer and Motörhead. Sabbath’s recognition comes in the wake of the fabled hard rock band calling time on their 49-year career at the conclusion of their The End world tour earlier this year.
Featuring original members Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler plus Tommy Clufetos and Adam Wakeman, the itinerary covered 81 dates all over the world and culminated in two shows in their home town of Birmingham in February.
“Thank you for this award,” says Butler. “It’s good to know that after almost 50 years Sabbath is still relevant, and has its importance in the history of music. I want to thank our fans who have been with us along the way, without them there would be no Sabbath.”
The Metal Hammer Golden God Awards will feature live performances by Mastodon, Clutch, Avatar and Orange Goblin. Fozzy frontman and WWE star Chris Jericho will come directly from playing at this weekend’s Download Festival to host the event.
There will also be a collection on the night for the Heavy Metal Truants, the charity cycling group founded by Iron Maiden’s manager Rod Smallwood and Twin V Ltd founder and former Metal Hammer editor-in-chief Alexander Milas. The group raise money for the Nordoff Robbins, Teenage Cancer Trust and Childline charities.