2011 Hall of Fame Inductees

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was inaugurated in 1983, but the breathtaking building along Lake Erie in Cleveland was only opened in 1995. It is an organization that is dedicated to paying tribute to members of the music industry who have made noteworthy contributions, such as producers, writers, musicians and singers. Some artists have been waiting many years to make it even as far as the nominations list, and many are still waiting, but the news for artists such as Alice Cooper and Neil Diamond was in their favor this year, with the confirmation of being 2011 Hall of Fame inductees.

Tom Waits, song writer and singer, is not new to the nominations list, but this year was his time for selection. Everyone else found themselves on the nominations list for the first time and were overwhelmed by their inductions. Some of the nominees that did not make the cut for induction this year included the Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Chuck Willis, Donna Summer and Bon Jovi. The Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York will host the induction ceremony on 14 March 2010. Along with Cooper, Diamond and Waits, other members of the music industry who also made the inductions list are Darlene Love, Dr John, Leon Russel, Art Rupe and Jac Holzman.

Darlene Love, known for her songs such as The Boy I’m Gonna Marry, spoke about her induction, saying, “Finally it’s done. It still hasn’t hit me yet. I still have that nervous stomach, and I’m still excited.” Neil Diamond commented that he has seen so many of his peers inducted, but chose not to worry about the induction, and the fact that he had not been nominated. In a phone interview he said “I thought about it occasionally, but I kind of figured they’d get around to me at some point.” Alice Cooper also said that even though he did think about making the cut for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he did not build his hopes and dreams around the induction, commenting that “You know it crosses your mind, but then you think of all the guys who aren’t in there, some of them before you, and you go, ‘Wow.’ … You realize that it’s a waiting game. I don’t think you sit around holding your breath on it.”