‘Weird Al’ Yankovic: ‘ Don’t pickaxe my star’

Weird Al’ Yankovic unveils his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles and asks people not to deface it with a pickaxe.

Weird Al’ Yankovic is an American singer-songwriter, film/record producer, satirist, and author. He is known for his humorous songs that poke fun of pop culture and often parody specific songs by contemporary musical acts via polka medleys featuring his favored instrument, the accordion.

Since his first-aired comedy song in 1976, he has sold more than 12 million albums (as of 2007), recorded more than 150 parody and original songs, and has performed more than 1,000 live shows. His works have earned him four Grammy Awards and a further eleven nominations, four gold records, and six platinum records in the United States. Yankovic’s first top ten Billboard album (Straight Outta Lynwood) and single (“White & Nerdy“) were both released in 2006, nearly three decades into his career. His latest album, Mandatory Fun (2014), became his first number-one album during its debut week.

Yankovic’s star on the Walk of Fame has been a long time coming, his contribution to comedy and music has spanned decades and he doesn’t show any signs of slowing down.