The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation today announced its 2006 Inductees. This year's class includes Black Sabbath, Blondie, Miles Davis, Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Sex Pistols, plus the Lifetime Achievement Award going to Herb Alpert & Jerry Moss. The Twenty-First Annual Induction Ceremony will be held Monday, March 13th 2006 in New York at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Here's some more info on this year's inductees...

Black Sabbath – (Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne and Bill Ward) Formed in Birmingham, England in 1968, Black Sabbath stands as the premier purveyors of heavy metal. Enormously influential, the group's songs dealt with black magic, Satanism, apocalypse, death and destruction.

Blondie – (Debbie Harry, Clem Burke, Jimmy Destri, Nigel Harrison, Frank Infante, Chris Stein, Gary Valentine) Formed in New York City, Blondie is one of the most successful rock and roll bands to emerge from the late Seventies New Wave scene. Fronted by Debbie Harry, Blondie's eclectic hit-making sound flirted with salsa, funk, disco, reggae and rap and their 1979 Parallel Lines record, featured the hit "Heart of Glass."

Miles Davis – Miles Davis was one of the 20th Century's most creative artists changing the sound of popular music many times in his six decade career. His musical experimentation beginning in the late 60's created a fusion of jazz with rock and roll, soul, funk and hip hop.

Lynyrd Skynyrd - (Allen Collins, Bob Burns, Steve Gaines, Ed King, Billy Powell, Artimus Pyle, Gary Rossington, Ronnie Van Zant, Leon Wilkeson) Lynyrd Skynyrd was one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed Southern Rock groups of the 1970's. Their distinctive triple-lead guitar sound made their songs "Freebird," and "Sweet Home Alabama" American anthems and staples of FM radio.

Sex Pistols – (Johnny Rotten, Sid Vicious, Glen Matlock, Paul Cook, Steve Jones) Over the course of their short and turbulent career, the Sex Pistols released a single album – Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols – that ranks as one of the most important rock records ever released. The album changed the course of rock and roll kicking the British punk movement into high gear.

In addition, the following will be inducted in the Lifetime Achievement Award in the Non-Performer category:

Herb Alpert & Jerry Moss – These two visionary men founded A&M records in Los Angeles in 1962. Starting with a few hundred dollars in pooled resources, Alpert and Moss built one of the most successful independent records labels in the world. Artists that were signed to A&M include: Procol Harum, Supertramp, Peter Frampton, Free, the Police, Joe Jackson, the Neville Brothers, Captain Beefheart, John Hiatt, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Cat Stevens and Alpert's own group the Tijuana Brass.

Inductees in the Side-Men category will be announced at a later date.

About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductions

Artists become eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first record. Criteria considered includes the influence and significance of the artist's contribution to the development and perpetuation of rock and roll. Past Inductees include: Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Cream, Bruce Springsteen and The Rolling Stones.

The Foundation's nominating committee, composed of rock and roll historians, selects nominees each year in the "artist" category. Ballots are then sent to an international voting body of about 700 rock experts.