Ladies and gentlemen, your 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees:
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is ready to admit a new class: Alice Cooper, Tom Waits, Neil Diamond, Darlene Love and Dr. John have all been inducted for 2011, the foundation announced Wednesday.
With the exception of Waits, this was a first time nomination for all of the inductees. Artists aren't eligible for induction until 25 years have passed from the release of their first single or LP, but many in this class got their start in the 60s, except for Waits, who arrived on the scene in '73, according to Rolling Stone.
Some of the younger nominees, like Bon Jovi, the Beastie Boys and LL Cool J - who, along with the Beastie Boys, has been nominated for induction more than once - will just have to hope for next year.
The annual garment rending over who does or doesn't receive the "honor" of being selected by Rolling Stone founder/publisher Jann Wenner and his cronies is usually more entertaining than the ceremony -- and it's increasingly forced closeout "jam sessions" -- itself. So let's get to it.