Legendary rockers inducted into Hall of Fame

After being passed over the last nine years, Black Sabbath has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Sabbath will be inducted March 13 along with Blondie, trumpeter Miles Davis, Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Sex Pistols and Herb Albert and Jerry Moss. All of the inductees have appeared on previous ballots.

Sabbath’s exclusion for the hall has been a bone of contention among heavy-metal fans well as the band members. Ozzy Osbourne suggested that their name be removed from the ballot six years ago, and guitarist Tony Iommi has decried the hall’s elitism that has kept out popular and groundbreaking bands that never won critical acclaim.

The Sex Pistols, for example, were selected for a single album — “Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols” — which, the Hall stated, “kicked the British punk movement into high gear.”

Moss and Alpert will be inducted in the nonperformer category for their work at A&M Records.

Inductees in the sidemen category will be announced later.

Among the artists who did not get the required numbers of votes were Cat Stevens, the Patti Smith Group, the J. Geils Band and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five.

The 21st annual induction ceremony will be held in New York at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

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