Comic legend Weird Al Yankovic is nominated for a Best Shortform Video Grammy this year for his Lady Gaga parody "Perform This Way"--which is ironic, considering that Gaga's own original video, "Born This Way," is not! Enriching this already rich irony is the fact that last year, "Perform This Way" almost wasn't released at all because Gaga's manager reportedly tried to block it.
In the interview below, shot backstage at the Grammy rehearsals this weekend, Al talks about the video and the additional irony that despite often being called a "novelty artist," he has managed to carve out a three-decade career longer than many of the "legitimate" artists he has spoofed:
(Interview courtesy of Dial Global's "Backstage at the Grammys" brought to you by Turbo Tax and Mastercard.)
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- Weird Al Yankovic
- Lady Gaga