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Neil Diamond, others inducted to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

March 15, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A very diverse group of rockers has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year.

Alice Cooper gave his induction speech with a large snake wrapped around his neck and his shirt splattered with fake blood.

On the other end of the rock spectrum, Neil Diamond was also inducted. He flew in to New York from Australia to attend the ceremony and said the honor was worth the trip.

"It's about as good as it gets. It's a crowning moment. It's the peak. It shows acceptance by your peers. And also, it puts you in a club with people you love, and whose music that you love. So, it's very nice," said Diamond.

Also inducted this year was legendary New Orleans bluesman Dr. John and native Californian Tom Waits.

Darlene Love, who was discovered while singing in a Los Angeles gospel choir, was also inducted.

Elton John was there to induct singer-songwriter Leon Russell.