You’d be hard pressed to find a man in Hollywood more universally liked and respected than Weird Al Yankovic. Not only does he seem like a legitimately good guy, he’s earned himself a spot among the music industry elite having received 11 Grammy nominations, 4 wins and selling over 12 million albums (per Variety). That’s a better track record than half the acts he parodies. So it’s fitting that Weird Al has just been honored with Hollywood’s own parody of success; a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame!
Weird Al’s mentor, Dr. Demento was there to help celebrate as were his wife Suzanne “Silly Sue” Yankovic and daughter “nutty” Nina Yankovic. During his acceptance speech, Weird Al had a very important message for the public: Leave his cockadoodie star alone (Al famously does not curse)!
Weird Al has one request: "Please don't pickaxe my star. I know it's all the rage these days, but that's not cool. Unless at some point in the future, I do something unfathomably monstrous and evil in which case, sure, fine, okay, go ahead" pic.twitter.com/anFQn6lFla
— Variety (@Variety) August 27, 2018
Weird Al is a bigger man than me (and at 6′, a bigger man than most). If I see anybody spitting or urinating on Weird Al’s star, they’re going to have to fight me. And it won’t end well (for me, like Al, I’m a lover not a fighter). Weird Al’s star was made possible by a fan who had been campaigning for it for over 12 years.
In typical Weird Al fashion, Al’s photo shoot with his newly minted star got, well, it got weird.
— Variety (@Variety) August 28, 2018
Don’t ever change, Al! Ever since I was a little girl, Weird Al has been right there, standing beside me. Reading that back I realize it sounds creepy but it’s not, I swear. Being a Weird Al fan at a young age means you prance around the playground in elementary school singing “My Bologna” and “Another One Rides The Bus“, thinking they’re original jams. He’s that damn good. It wasn’t until years later that a little voice began to tell me I wasn’t very cool, and that my love for Weird Al wasn’t doing me any favors in the popularity department, and that if I didn’t start listening to actual Madonna instead of Weird Al Madonna, I’d end up a pariah for life. Good thing I didn’t listen to that little voice! Where’s Madonna now, mother fuckers?! (sorry, Al). Where’s her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame?! That’s right, she doesn’t have one.
Here’s a gallery of Weird Al celebrating with fans and family.