The Aston-born guitar legend picked up the award at the Islington Assembly Hall ceremony in London last night.
Tony, who is credited with effectively inventing heavy metal with his innovative sound and unique playing style, won the accolade after the magazine's readers cast their votes in his favour during 'an open process', says Kerrang!. The 70-year-old icon reportedly received a standing ovation when he collected his award at the end of the night.
"Thanks to Kerrang! for a great night and the ‘Icon’ Award, it’s an honour to receive it. We’ve worked together for a long time and their support is always appreciated," - said Iommi.
He has once again said that he agrees with singer Ozzy Osbourne that the band should play the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. He told Planet Rock on the red carpet of the Kerrang! Awards in London, on Thursday, 21 June 2018: "I haven't spoken to Geezer about it, but I know Ozzy wants to do it and I'm up for that. I think it's great. We're from Birmingham and if we can represent Birmingham and they ask us, that's great. If we can still play by that time. And if we're still here."
Tony also suggested that he might return to making music soon. Asked about his upcoming plans, Tony said: "I'm going to carry on playing, but I've been taking it easy, you know, just to figure out what and pick things that I want to do as opposed to… You know, when you do a tour you have to go out there for a year, 18 months, so that time's gotta be taken. But now I don't have to do that, and I can pick and choose what I want to do. So, I've been doing a lot of charity stuff, and eventually I will start writing and putting some stuff together."
Blabbermouth.net, 19 June 2018