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Black Sabbath Inducted Into Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Photos Available (3/14/2006)

Black Sabbath was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame under the chandeliers of the Waldorf-Astoria's grand ballroom last night.

Osbourne has badmouthed the hall of fame for waiting a decade to induct Sabbath, a cause taken up by Metallica member Lars Ulrich in his induction. Metallica guitarist James Hetfield and Ulrich both said their band would not exist without the example of Black Sabbath.

"If there was no Black Sabbath, I could still possibly be a morning newspaper delivery boy," Ulrich said. "No fun."

Osbourne, Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi and Bill Ward did not perform, but Metallica rattled the walls with versions of "Iron Man" and "Hole in the Sky."

"Thank you to all Sabbath fans everywhere," Ward said. "Hopefully our induction tonight will add to the validation ... (and) hard rock and heavy metal will have an enduring and everlasting place in rock history."

"If we'd have played everyone would have been fucking dead at the end, the volume we play at," said Osbourne.

Osbourne said he was happy to be given the honour, despite anything he may have said to the contrary on the seven previous occasions when the band was rejected. "I thought at the end of the day they're never going to do it," he said.

He thanked his wife, Sharon, who sat in the ballroom with their daughters Kelly and Aimee.

Earlier in the evening, during the pre-ceremony dinner, Osbourne broke bread with Dave Navarro of Jane's Addiction.

Inductees are honored at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum in Cleveland. Highlights of the 21st annual ceremony will be shown on VH1 on March 21.

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Getty: Media Room / The Show

Wire Image: Coctails / Backstage / Press Room / The Show

Film Magic: The Show / Press Room

Source: AP / Yahoo / CNN / Blabbermouth

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