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The wait is over. It’s been confirmed that Neil Diamond, Alice Cooper and Tom Waits are the next inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

It’s a prestigious club with an exclusive membership, which anounced its class of 2011 on Tuesday. Darlene Love and the legendary New Orleans piano player Dr. John also gained successful nominations.

On hearing the news, Diamond was laconic, insisting he was never in a hurry to enter the Hall. He told the Associated Press: ‘I thought about it occasionally, but I kind of figured they'd get around to me at some point.’

Darlene Love’s reaction was more what you’d expect: ‘Finally it's done,’ she said. ‘It still hasn't hit me yet. I still have that nervous stomach, and I'm still excited.’

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum induction ceremony is to take place on 14 March in New York.

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