Rock And Roll
Hall Of Fame 2011

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2011 inducted rock icons Alice Cooper, Neil Diamond and Tom Waits.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honored five legendary rockers on Monday night at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. Rockers become eligible to be inducted 25 years after the release of their first song. Those who were inducted this year included Alice Cooper, Neil Diamond, Tom Waits, Dr. John and Darlene Love.

Alice Cooper

Cooper, who rose to fame with songs like School's Out and Eighteen, was inducted by rocker Rob Zombie. True to form, Cooper wore a white shirt with blood stains, an albino snake wrapped around his neck and his signature black eye make-up. "We've always been a hard-rock band," Cooper said. "We just wanted to decorate it a little differently."

Neil Diamond came out taking pictures of the crowd. Paul Simon, who introduced Diamond, asked the audience, "Why so long? I have a theory. Six words: You Don't Bring Me Flowers Anymore. Beautiful love song. Recorded with Barbra Streisand, one of the great voices of our time. But Barbra Streisand, rock and roll? I don't think they even allow that kind of DNA near this place."

Waits, who was introduced by Neil Young, told the audience his statuette was "really heavy."

"I'm wondering if there's a keychain version I can keep on me so some day a guy will say, 'Pete, take the cuffs off -- he's a hall of famer,'" he said.

You can catch the 26th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony on March 20 at 9 p.m. on Fuse.

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Comments on "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts Alice Cooper and Neil Diamond"

fawnflower March 19, 2011 | 12:25 PM

BFROOK - you're mistaken; Neil Diamond was a prolific song writer who was sought after by many, many performers, including dozens of well-known rock bands. He wrote and recorded "I'm a Believer" years before the Monkees covered it. "Cherry Cherry" one of his earliest recordings, is clearly rock and roll. Something all real muscians learn is how to respect, admire, learn and benefit from the influence of all genres of music. Plus, these days age is rather irrlevant in the music industry. You need to open your eyes and ears and broaden your horizons.

MarcA March 15, 2011 | 11:46 AM

Firstly, Neil Diamond started as a writer, writing such hits as "I'm a Believer" performed by the Monkees. He should have been nominated for his writing if nothing else. Secondly, if you remember back, Bonnie Raitt's material was never released as "country", just as today you might hear The Eagles on country radio, back in the day they would have never played them in a million years. Congrats to Alice Cooper, an originator of "shock-rock".

BFrook March 15, 2011 | 11:22 AM

Alice Cooper is a good choice. But Neil Diamond? Are you kidding? He should be in the "Grandma's Favorites Hall of Fame". Just like when they nominated a country singer Bonnie Raitt. No reasoning whatsoever.

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