By Mike Bruno
March 15, 2011 at 03:01 PM EDT
Reuters/Lucas Jackson/Landov

Alice Cooper and Tom Waits were among the five performers inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Monday night at the official ceremony held at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. Cooper, whose horror-inspired shock rock first went mainstream in 1971 with his hit “I’m Eighteen,” was inducted by fellow horror-rocker Rob Zombie. He showed up for the event wearing a (presumably fake) blood-splattered shirt and had a giant albino snake wrapped around his neck. “We’ve always been a hard-rock band,” the AP reports Cooper said. “We just wanted to decorate it a little differently.”

1995 Hall of Fame inductee Neil Young inducted Waits, the gravel-voiced singer-songwriter-street poet who earned a passionate following with a prolific string of critically acclaimed albums in the 1970s. “They say that I have no hits and that I’m difficult to work with,” he said at the induction, according to the AP, “and they say that like it’s a bad thing.” Waits won the Alternative Music Album Grammy in 1993 for Bone Machine and a Contemporary Folk Grammy in 1999 for Mule Variations.

As announced in December, the other performers inducted to the Hall this year were: Neil Diamond (inducted by Paul Simon), Darlene Love (inducted by Bette Midler), and Dr. John (inducted by John Legend). Leon Russell was also inducted, by Elton John, as a sideman, and Elektra Records founder Jac Holzman and Specialty Records founder Art Rupe were inducted as non-performers. The 26th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony will air on Fuse on Sunday, March 20 at 9 p.m. ET.

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