Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces inductees
December 15th, 2010
03:10 PM ET

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces inductees

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is ready to admit a new class: Alice Cooper, Tom Waits, Neil Diamond, Darlene Love and Dr. John have all been inducted for 2011, the foundation announced Wednesday.

With the exception of Waits, this was a first time nomination for all of the inductees. Artists aren’t eligible for induction until 25 years have passed from the release of their first single or LP, but many in this class got their start in the 60s, except for Waits, who arrived on the scene in ’73, according to Rolling Stone.

Some of the younger nominees, like Bon Jovi, the Beastie Boys and LL Cool J – who, along with the Beastie Boys, has been nominated for induction more than once – will just have to hope for next year.

Meanwhile, Cooper, who was honored just to be among the nominees announced in September, told that he knew this day was coming all along.

"I've always felt the same way about this whole thing," Cooper said. "I kind of sat back and said, 'It will happen eventually.'” The rocker added that not being nominated for induction did “get to be kind of a joke."

"I got to the point where I was saying, 'OK, I'm the Pete Rose of rock 'n' roll!'” Cooper told Billboard. “So now that it's a reality, it's a different take on it. Now I sit there and go, 'Wow. Wow! We've got to really get up and play, and assume the position of being in the Hall of Fame.' It'll be great.”

As for Neil Diamond, “Any club that has Chuck Berry and Little Richard and The Everly Brothers is a club that I want to be a part of,” he told Rolling Stone. And while some may get pedantic over how the Hall of Fame defines what qualifies as “Rock and Roll,” Diamond says he thinks “any music that's made by the youngsters of the generations from the 1950s until the present is some form of rock music, unless specifically stated otherwise.”

The 26th annual ceremony to celebrate the inductees will go down on March 14, 2011 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City, and will be broadcast on Fuse.

Filed under: Music • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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  5. Kristine

    Oh and did I mention that Bon Jovi has been named number 1 touring band 2 times in 3 yrs?

    December 20, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Kristine

    Alice Cooper I think deserves to be in there, but Bon Jovi has sold out soooo many shows, had quite a bit oo number one hits and they have been rockin' for 27 yrs and they in my opinion are incredible!! Come on people, let Bon Jovi in 2011!

    December 20, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. celebs911

    Maybe they will review their option and they will add the right bands one at the time. Well, that's me the perpetual optimist:)
    Bon Jovi, Kiss, Metallica, a must!
    Please check our blog on predictions for Celebs as it's very entertaining. Maybe we should cast a spell against this organization? lol

    December 19, 2010 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  8. Diane

    Darlene Love? Dr. John? Tom Waits? Never knew existed. Where's Bon Jovi? The band should be among the honorees at the 2011 Rock'n'Roll Hall of FAME.

    December 16, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. matt

    while we're on the subject of who should be. i agree def leppard should be there, fleetwood mac inspired several musicians, and even if you don't care for them bon jovi does deserve a nod they have been very influencialon alot of the bamds that began around the late 90's and since.

    December 16, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. matt

    rush a one hit wonder? an average band? hits workin man, closer to the heart, the entire 2112 album, subdivisions, freewill, and several others they may not have been #1's but they were all top 20 for several weeks, rush should have been inducted at least 10 years ago. and it is called the rock and roll hall of fame so lets see some rock bands get there and stop with the pop, boy bands, and rap

    December 16, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. karla

    Fleetwood favorite

    December 16, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  12. JB21

    Tom Waits. Rules!!!

    December 16, 2010 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  13. muzicluvr

    TOB & Dustin, you are both dead on! Def Leppard should definately be entered in! Hall & Oates goes without saying! The minute you hear those names, their songs just auto play in your head. Julian my friend, scary that you are probably dead on as well. But here are 2 that will probably cause you to breakout in a cold sweat and freakout! Taylor Swift and Justin Beiber! Anyone else just squirt a little pooh when I wrote that?! Both suck! I know they are not rock, but come on, if they are considering LL, then anyone is possible. I say that before those 3 get in, we should consider going to the nearest Kareoke bar, finding the drunkest, off pitch, can't sing fool and give it to them! Oh wait, I just described Taylor Swift! Oh crap! Guess we know what that means!

    December 16, 2010 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  14. JimboJones

    RUSH sucks. That's why they don't get voted in.

    December 16, 2010 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  15. john

    The more the RRHOF pass up Rush, the more they dicredit themselves. It's beyond rediculous!

    December 16, 2010 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  16. interpol

    Julian, if u ever leak the reasons why Rush is not in the Hall, we will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law!

    December 16, 2010 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
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  18. Kiss fan

    As a Kiss fan I am going to say that Kiss should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a band not individual members. They are a great band and were on tour just recently and have been together as a group long enough. If you are a true Kiss fan you should know this. And Kiss doesnt seem to care if they are or not in there yet because they keep saying they are only big because of the Kiss Army that they represent.

    December 16, 2010 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  19. chris

    Metallica should and will be in there one day

    December 16, 2010 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  20. Julian Assange

    One day Hanson will be voted in.

    December 16, 2010 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  21. John A. Miller

    How about these names

    Cheap Trick
    Moody Blues
    Deep Purple
    Motley Crue
    Ted Nugent
    Judist Priest
    Iron Madden
    Roxy Music

    Even mentioning LL Cool J is a complete insult to all these artist who should get in. Hell LL Cool j is not even rock and roll. Make a rap and hip hop hallf of fame and put those clowns in there but leave them out of the RNRHOF.

    December 16, 2010 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Good list, although I would probably leave off Ted Nugent. He really has done nothing since the late 70's. He has been more of a politician than a musician since then. I went to see him a few years ago and he kinda sucked. He spent more time yammering about the government than he did playing music. He only had a couple notable songs, and he played cat scratch fever twice. If you have to play one song twice, you don't have a large repitiore to pull from.

      December 16, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  22. gene

    Kiss! Kiss! Kiss! Kiss! Kiss! Kiss! Rock and Roll hall of game sucks! They inspired all the 80's metal, and some 9+'s Alt..

    December 16, 2010 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  23. js

    The four o clocks

    December 16, 2010 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  24. Wes Stephens

    This is all fine and good – and these guys rightly deserve the nomination but why has Rush been overlooked for so long? Where is their nomination?
    One of the greatest power rock trios ever and still no nomination. Something is horribly wrong with that.

    December 16, 2010 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  25. Darwin Javier

    I think its good to become a next hall famer to desrv

    December 16, 2010 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  26. Izzy

    Steel dragon?? Just kidding. KISS won't go because they change members too often.

    December 16, 2010 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  27. Sean

    The first thing to know about rock and roll is you don't get into this club if you're a one hit wonder. Alice Cooper deserves it because he had entertainment and he sold records and tickets to his shows. Rush is not deserving they have a one hit that everyone knows other than that they are just an average band. Bon jovi just alice cooper deserves it because of the same reasons. I do believe Madonna should not be in there she is not rock. So to rush fans get over it they don't care if there in as long as you are dumb enough to buy 60-120 dollar tickets to hear the one song you want to hear.

    December 16, 2010 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      Rush has one hit that everyone knows? Funny, most people I know can name at least 5 rush songs off the top of their head. And they aren't even rush fans. Those same people could maybe name 5 cooper tunes. This is not to say cooper doesn't deserve it, but to say rush is a one hit wonder and that bon jovi is more deserving of this just makes u ignorant.

      December 16, 2010 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
    • zbtrocker

      Did this guy seriously just say that Rush is an average band? Clean your ears out, dude. They can wail.

      December 16, 2010 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Complete idiot. Ask anyone who has ever actually played in rock band how big of an influence Rush has been on Rock Music. 30 albums, countless hits, still touring. One of the biggest global draws in music after 30 plus years together. I have been playing the drums for 35 years. Anyone who has ever picked up sticks is a Rush fan. ABBA, Madonna, Grand Master Flash, but not Rush. The hall is a complete joke. Any ROCK AND ROLL muscian know it.

      December 16, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  28. skip

    R.R.H.F. In Clevland is a joke to begin with.

    December 16, 2010 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  29. big Al

    We all have our opinions but life is never fair or do all rockers get their due. We who believe who should be in the R&R Hall of Fame, are in the R&R Hall of Hearts! Our hearts.

    December 16, 2010 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  30. Boyzee51

    What about George Clinton. Is funk not another mgns rock.

    December 16, 2010 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  31. Dustin

    What about Hall & Oates! One of the best song writing duo's of all-time!Numerous # 1 hits!

    December 16, 2010 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  32. Lara

    STILL no Moody Blues?!? Outrage!! Does anyone know if Savatage/TSO is eligible for entry?

    December 16, 2010 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
  33. Joe

    RRHoF: meaningless from the start.

    December 16, 2010 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
  34. Canuck222

    The Hall of Fame is flawed from the start – how on earth can you rate one form of art over another? Music is art, a reflection of many cultures and innovations. Some music is paint-by-number predictable and sells well, others are fresh, emotion-provoking and don't gather a wide audience. But both are equally important forms of art. There has been only one reasonable repsonse to an induction – God Save John Lydon.

    December 15, 2010 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  35. TOB

    Bands deserving of induction before ever even thinking about considering Bon Jovi (???):

    – The Shangri-Las
    – New York Dolls
    – The Move
    – The Smiths
    – Cheap Trick
    – T. Rex (Marc Bolan)
    – Joy Division
    – The Flamin' Groovies
    – Rickie Lee Jones
    – The Cars
    – The Jam
    – Scott Walker
    – Def Leppard (currently most deserving among 80s hard rock bands)

    the list goes on...

    December 15, 2010 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Seth

    I cannot believe they gave Rush the shaft AGAIN.

    December 15, 2010 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Troy

    What do you expect? Dave Marsh and Jan don't pick groups they don't like. This is their own private Club and it has lost it's magic and meaning years ago. They should have just stopped added new groups after ACDC got it. This is not the popular culture museum or the Janweinersfavoritebands club.

    No Cars, No Kiss, and No Rush?

    But Madonna is there with Abba and Neil Diamond?

    No credibility.

    December 15, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Seth


      December 15, 2010 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • B Cooper

      Absolutely frickin on point!

      Alice and band were ignored for so long that it was ridiculous. Dave and Jan just don't like metal and hard rock, that's obvious.

      December 15, 2010 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Jeffer

    They could've picked a better pic of Alice. He and Neil Diamond been in ten years ago. Next should be Rush and the Moody Blues.

    December 15, 2010 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  39. KPB

    There have been a lot more snubs than just Alice Cooper. has a long list of those who haven't been inducted or let alone nomininated. Way too many are waiting!

    December 15, 2010 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  40. timd

    what about KC and the Sunshine Band?!! Total SHREDDERS!!!!!!!!!

    December 15, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  41. mike

    What about WARREN ZEVON!!!

    December 15, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Dre

    How about the Replacements?

    December 15, 2010 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  43. ben

    the Beastie Boys????
    What about Ian Curtis, Morrissey, Peter Murphy, Robert Smith, Joe Strummer? etc...

    December 15, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • wazinoz

      Unfortunately this organisation is heavily biased to American artists and influences, the only British ones who get in are the ones who made it big in the US. It fails to recognise that a lot of the American artists had to cross the Atlantic before the US would give them their dues (Hendrix not the least of them). So it looks like these huge names of the rock world whose influences on the world of Rock and Roll are unlikely to ever get a look in. Global success means nothing without American success in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 🙁

      December 15, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  44. steve

    No KISS?!?!?! What a joke!

    December 15, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Fece McGee

    No Rush again...awful.

    December 15, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |

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