Local duo nominated for Grammy Award

COLUMBUS, Ind. — Part-time Columbus residents Lucky Diaz and Alisha Gaddis, who also live in Los Angeles, have been nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Children’s Music Album for “Crayon Kids,” their 13th release.

The 64th Annual Grammy Awards are scheduled to be held Jan. 31 in Los Angeles and telecast on CBS. The pair plans to attend.

“Lots of tears of gratitude,” Gaddis said on Facebook Tuesday night. “Release. More gratitude.

“Thankful to sooooo many. And those that voted.

“Wow. Wow. Wow.”

The duo, known as Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band, have won two Latin Grammy awards amid four nominations, since much of their music is in Spanish. This marks their first general nomination.

Gaddis was inundated on Tuesday with congratulatory messages on her Facebook page, and responded accordingly.

“This is a lot of kindness,” she said. “Thank you. We FEEL it.”

The globetrotting pair claim a wide audience. Husband Diaz and wife Gaddis, the Evansville-born daughter of retired Columbus East football coach Bob Gaddis, have sung to 10,000 people at Olympic Stadium in Beijing China, a country where they also have a children’s TV show.

They are hosts of the live-action, Emmy-winning PBS TV show “Lishy Lou and Lucky Too,” which is still in reruns. Their music also has been featured in TV commercials.

And, amid such national success, the duo still makes time to perform in Columbus and for the Columbus Area Arts Council programs.

For the complete story, see Thursday’s Republic.