December 15th, 2010
03:10 PM ET
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.
"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.
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