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(WENN) - Ozzy Osbourne's band Black Sabbath has been crowned the most influential British hard rock act of all time in a major new poll by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI).

The legendary rock stars saw off competition from Iron Maiden and Led Zeppelin to take 45 per cent of the votes in a survey of more than 3,600 British rock fans.

Both Iron Maiden and Led Zeppelin gained a respectable 20 per cent of the vote, conducted in collaboration with heavy metal magazines Kerrang! and Metal Hammer.

In a statement, Black Sabbath said, "We are honored and flattered to be acknowledged in a poll like this which is voted for by the fans. We thank you."

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