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‘Weird Al’ Yankovic wins Grammy No. 5 — ‘I finally get to join the Five-Timers Club!’

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Ben Bradlee Jr. and 'Weird Al' Yankovic were among those who took the stage during the closing gala of Cal Poly's two-day "100 Years of Delivering the News" celebration on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016. "Who would have guessed back in 1980 when I had ba
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Ben Bradlee Jr. and 'Weird Al' Yankovic were among those who took the stage during the closing gala of Cal Poly's two-day "100 Years of Delivering the News" celebration on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016. "Who would have guessed back in 1980 when I had ba

Here’s something to celebrate: Pop parody king “Weird Al” Yankovic has scored Grammy gold once again.

On Sunday, the 1980 Cal Poly graduate took home his fifth Grammy Award — this one for best boxed or limited edition package for “Squeeze Box: The Complete Works of ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic.”

“I’ve kind of been playing the long game. I never really wanted to be a recording artist,” Yankovic joked during Sunday’s 61st annual Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles. “I did it for 40 years so one day I could win a Grammy as an art director.”

Yankovic, who shared his award with fellow art directors Meghan Foley and Annie Stoll, beat out big-name nominees including Guns N’ Roses and the Grateful Dead to seize the prize.

Yankovic, 59, took to social media Sunday to express his excitement about the win, posting a picture of himself pointing to his Grammy on Twitter and Facebook. The caption was simple but straightforward: a string of exclamation points.

Yankovic also tweeted a photoshopped picture of him posing with Tom Hanks and Alec Baldwin with the caption: “So excited that I finally get to join the Five-Timers Club! Thank you, #Grammy voters!” (Hanks and Baldwin have both hosted “Saturday Night Live” at least five times; Yankovic has yet to host or perform on the show.)

Yankovic, a former KCPR DJ, famously recorded one of his earliest songs, “My Bologna,” in a Cal Poly restroom.

Over the decades, Yankovic, whose hits include “Eat It,” “Amish Paradise” and “White & Nerdy,” has released 14 studio albums and been nominated for 16 Grammys. In 2015, he won a Grammy for best album for “Mandatory Fun.”

Yankovic was inducted into Cal Poly’s Mustang Media Hall of Fame in 2016 and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in August 2018.

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Entertainment editor Sarah Linn writes about all things fun, including movies, television, the performing arts, the visual arts and the best places to eat and drink in San Luis Obispo County. A graduate of Oregon State University, she has worked for The Tribune in San Luis Obispo for more than a decade and has earned multiple California journalism awards.
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