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'Weird Al,' Super Bowl Have a Date if Change.org Petition Works

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Musician "Weird Al" Yankovic poses for a portrait in Los Angeles, California July 24, 2014. (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters/Landov)  

By    |   Thursday, 07 Aug 2014 08:16 AM

A petition for "Weird Al" Yankovic to be the halftime performer at next year's Super Bowl is gaining steam, with more than 46,000 signatures on Change.org on Thursday.

The effort to get the parody singer to perform on one of the television's biggest stages, where the likes of Michael Jackson, Beyonce, Madonna, U2 and Bruce Springsteen have performed before, is the idea of Ed Ball from Washington state.

"Having (Yankovic) headline the Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show would not only be overly accepted by the millions of views, but it would remain true to the standards and quality of the show business we have come to love and respect out of this prestigious event," Ball wrote on Change.org petition.

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"The songs of artists that he is parodying could join him on stage to accompany, as well as other surprise appearances from well-known actors/actresses, adding more prestige and star power. The theatrics alone would be hilarious and a welcoming change, and draw a wider audience of fans that typically would not tune into the championship game or half-time show," Ball continued.

There is also a Facebook page asking fans to join in the effort in encouraging the NFL to name Yankovic as its artist.

If one is looking at sales and popularity, "Weird Al" may not be such a far-fetched idea. His new album "Mandatory Fun" hit No. 1 last month and is currently No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 200 album chart, ahead of such popular acts as Miranda Lambert, Iggy Azalea, Coldplay and One Republic.

"It's my best album to date," Yankovic told the Wall Street Journal. "I took advantage of the viral nature of the internet and gave people something to be excited about."

Yankovic's parody of Pharrell Williams' popular "Happy" song, titled "Tacky," is approaching 1.5 million views on YouTube.


TMZ said there was a similar online movement in 2012 to get Yankovic to perform at the Super Bowl. The performer said at the time he would be interested.

"I'd be surprised if that's being seriously considered by the NFL, but prove me wrong," Yankovic told TMZ in 2012.


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