Neil Diamond along with the Alice Cooper Band, Dr John, Darlene Love, and Tom Waits have made the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s 2011 list of inductees.
Diamond had been eligible for contention in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for several years but never got a nomination. As it turns out, he was never really that worried.
“I thought about it occasionally, but I kind of figured they’d get around to me at some point,” Diamond said in a phone interview with The Associated Press Tuesday.
The excitement will have to wait for some: Bon Jovi, nominated for the first time, was turned away from the hall, as was LL Cool J, The J. Geils Band, The Beastie Boys, and two time nominee Donna Summer.
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum induction ceremony is scheduled for March 14 in New York City.