Written By: Kristen Jones
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have announced their next class of inductees for 2011. The final list includes Rockers Alice Cooper Band, Neil Diamond, New Orleans Piano-man Dr. John, Darlene Love and Crooner Tom Waits.
Artists become eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first record. The Foundation considers the influence and significance of the artists’ contributions to the development and perpetuation of rock and roll, according to the Hall of Fame’s website.
With the exception of Tom Waits, this was a first time nomination for all of the 2011 Inductees.
Alice Cooper, who was honoured just to be among the nominees, told Billboard.com 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 said. “So now that it’s a reality, it’s a different take on it. Now I sit there and go, Wow.”
As for Neil Diamond, he told Rolling Stone “Any club that has Chuck Berry and Little Richard and The Everly Brothers is a club that I want to be a part of.”
Also mentioned on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame site are Elektra Records founder Jac Holszman and Specialy Records founder Art Rupe who will both receive the Ahmet Ertegun Award and Leon Russell, who will receive the Musical Excellence Award.
Absent from the list of inductees were Bon Jovi, The Beastie Boys and LL Cool J, who were all among the 15 nominees announced in September.
The 26th annual ceremony will take place on March 14, 2011 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.
Last year’s class of inductees included ABBA, Genesis, Jimmy Cliff and The Stooges.