Veteran rockers Black Sabbath are to receive a prestigious award to celebrate their 46-year career.

The Paranoid hitmakers have been named as the recipients of the AEG Live Ambassadors of Rock honour at the O2 Silver Clef Awards in London next month (Jul14).

The musicians - Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, and Geezer Butler - will collect the award at a ceremony on 04 July (14) but it is not known if former drummer Bill Ward, who was omitted from the band's 2012 comeback, will join them.

Tom Miserendino, president of AEG Europe, says, "We are extremely proud to be sponsoring this award which highlights the massive impact Black Sabbath has had on the music world. Starting in Birmingham (England) in 1968 and going on to conquer the world, the band really are great ambassadors for the music industry."

The award will be handed over just hours before Black Sabbath play a huge headlining show in London's Hyde Park later that day (04Jul14).