Not a huge fan of Neil Diamond but he definitely belongs in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Few people know his impact on pop-rock (e.g. writing some hits for The Monkeys) and his appearance in The Last Waltz, but most people know him only from his solo work.
When I saw the thread title, I thought you were going to complain about LL Cool J being one of the candidates.
Here are the other candidates:
J. Geils Band
Even though I am not a fan of Rush by any means, I still believe they belong in there.
then there's the classic Musta Got Lost. HEY RAPUTAH! RAPUTAH THE BEUTAH!
OPEN UP THE DOOR BITCH, IT'S THE WOOBA GOOBA WITH THE GREEN TEETH, LEMME IN!!!
I don't dislike Neil Diamond, hell he's mine and my sister's favorite artist for candlestick karaoke, but I think his inclusion is questionable.
I'm honestly surprised they have not changed the title of this Hall of Fame. Let's be honest here, it's not a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, it's a music Hall of Fame. If they changed the title, then I believe some people wouldn't be so upset about some musicians that have been inducted.