Diamond cuts it in the Hall of Fame
It was a contrasting tale of two greats as Neil Diamond and Alice Cooper were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
While Diamond crooned his signature mellow rock songs, Cooper performed in a fake blood-spattered shirt and eye make-up.
Diamond and heavy metal band Alice Cooper were honoured alongside Tom Waits, Darlene Love and Dr John at an event at New York's Wardorf Astoria hotel on Monday night.
Diamond (70) -- who has sold more than 120 million albums worldwide -- performed his rousing 1969 hit 'Sweet Caroline' as he walked among the audience.
Singer Paul Simon introduced Diamond by noting artists for the Hall of Fame become eligible 25 years after their first record.
"My question is, what took so long?" Simon said, before Diamond stepped on to the stage.
Musician Rob Zombie introduced the Alice Cooper band by comparing them to "a murderous gang of drag queens".