"Weird Al" Yankovic has long been recognized by music fans as a living legend, and this week he was recognized with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. You can watch the unveiling of Yankovic's star and an excerpt from his acceptance speech by playing the video above.
Yankovic is the 2,643rd person to be honored with a Walk of Fame star since the organization was established in 1958. This week's ceremony is the end result of a fan campaign to have him added to the Hollywood landmark that's lasted more than a decade. The Weird Al Star Fund first began in 2006, and according to the campaign's official website, fans were able to raise the $15,000 in necessary funds, only for the Walk of Fame to increase the price of sponsoring a new star to $25,000 the following year. Despite even more fundraising, it took until last June for"Weird Al" to officially be named an honoree.
The recognition could be considered incredibly overdue. The Walk of Fame star is another achievement in his long and celebrated career, which has included four Grammy Awards: Best Comedy Recording in 1985 (for "Eat It"), Best Concept Music Video in 1989 (for "Fat"), Best Comedy Album in 2004 (for Poodle Hat), and Best Comedy Album in 2015 (for his most recent record Mandatory Fun). Yes, that means Weird Al has been winning Grammy Awards since before some of his fans were even born.
He's also had six studio albums certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, and Mandatory Fun reached the top spot on the Billboard 200 albums chart, proving that Yankovic still has incredible drawing power - both commercially and critically - more than three decades after his first, self-titled record was released in 1983.
What did Yankovic have to say about his Walk of Fame induction? He just didn't want people to deface his star. "I know it’s all the rage these days, but that’s not cool, just please don’t do that," he said according to Variety, before quipping, "Unless, at some point in the future, I do something unfathomably monstrous and evil, in which case, sure, go ahead."
Per the Hollywood Walk of Fame website, Yankovic's star can be found at 6914 Hollywood Boulevard, across the street from the iconic TCL Chinese Theatre. Watch the full, hour-long Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony celebrating "Weird Al" Yankovic here.
Yankovic completed his Ridiculously Self-Involved, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour in June, and does not have any live shows scheduled in the remainder of 2018. However, the tour page on his website confirms that he has a new tour planned for 2019. Maybe that tour will include some mention of his new star on the Walk of Fame.
For more on "Weird Al" Yankovic, visit his artist page at AXS.