A Columbus native has won a Grammy Award for best children’s album.
Joel Sullivan, 40, better known as Secret Agent 23 Skidoo to his young fans, earned the trophy Sunday for the hip-hop album “Infinity Plus One.”
Accompanying Sullivan at the Grammys, conducted at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, was his 15-year-old daughter Saki, who sometimes performs with him and inspired his transition from a career in adult hip hop music.
Sullivan was nominated in the same category in 2014 but did not win.
In a rapid-fire acceptance speech, Sullivan dedicated the award to his daughter and wife Brooke, and his parents, Ed and Lynne Sullivan, who moved from Columbus to North Carolina a few years ago.
“This is amazing,” he told the crowd.
The disc, released last year, “spans stories of a moth flying to the moon on ‘Glimmer’ and a girl building an infinite luck machine powered by ‘Lucktricity,’” according to his website secretagent23skidoo.com.
On Facebook, he shared a few thoughts.
“I admit, it’s strange to write to you all about awards and shows and fancy suits when it feels like the world is on fire and the news is crazier every day,” said Sullivan, who lives in California. “But honestly, if I didn’t believe in the core of my being that this music we make is a potent force, strong enough to inspire the hopeless and tell the children the truth about who they really are and what life could really be, then not only would I not be writing this, I wouldn’t be writing those songs.
“I believe in what I do, and I believe we all have a part to play. I only hope to do my job better and better each year, and to find new and other ways to influence positive changes into this amazing game called being a human.”
He calls his brand of music “family funk,” or “kid hop,” releasing his first such album in 2008. In 2013, his tune “Cooperate” was included on a Grammy-winning children’s compilation album.
Columbus native Alisha Gaddis won a Latin Grammy in 2013 for the children’s disc “Fantastico!” recorded with her husband, with whom she formed Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band.