Neil Diamond To Join Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Next Year

Neil Diamond has announced on his official website the he will enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year.

“I think it’s great. I’m happy that they recognized me and my work.”

“Any club that has Chuck Berry and Little Richard and The Everly Brothers is a club that I want to be a part of,” the 69-year-old “Sweet Caroline” singer said in a statement.

Artists are eligible for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after the release of their first single or album, although Diamond began recording in the 1960s.

“I think we’re (rockstars) much more important than was assumed when rock first started,” Diamond added in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine which was linked to his website.

“It was kind of like a joke and it was looked down on. I think rock has stood the test of time and really matured and become something valuable and important.”

Nominees that didn’t get into the hall of fame included Bon Jovi, Beastie Boys and Donna Summer.

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