Alfred Yankovic, better known as Weird Al, is getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Yankovic is arguably the king of Polka and parody as his hits have earned him four Grammy awards and 15 nominations. His songs often parody famous songs by stars including Michael Jackson, Madonna, Nirvana and many more.
Dave Grohl of Nirvana once said that the band felt they had “made it” after Yankovic recorded “Smells Like Nirvan,a” a parody of the grunge band’s smash hit, “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced on Monday that Yankovic would be honored with a star dedicated in the category of Recording.
“Weird Al has single-handedly created an industry of parody! His fans have been waiting for this star for a very long time. We are excited to honor this very funny man on our world-famous Hollywood Walk of Fame,” Ana Martinez, Producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies, said in a statement.
Yankovic himself also announced the news out to fans on Twitter.
The time has finally come… On Aug. 27 at 11:30 AM I’ll be getting my very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (6914 Hollywood Blvd., right across the street from the Chinese Theatre). The ceremony is FREE and open to the public, so come on down!!
— Al Yankovic (@alyankovic) August 13, 2018
Yankovic’s star will be located at 6914 Hollywood Blvd., right across the street from the Chinese Theatre. Speakers for the event include Dr. Demento, Thomas Lennon and, of course, Weird Al.
Other celebrities who have received a Walk of Fame star this year include Lin-Manuel Miranda, Lynda Carter, Taraji P. Henson, RuPaul, Snoop Dogg, Shonda Rhimes, Simon Cowell, Jennifer Lawrence and Zoe Saldana.
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