The Grammys Break Tradition to Share Intimate Portraits of Winners

This year, the Recording Academy discontinued one of its major traditions by allowing renowned music photographer Danny Clinch's annual Grammy winner portraits to be shared with the public. They posted a selection of the photos to their popular @thegrammys Instagram account. Now, you can see pictures of the famed winners, which until Sunday night were kept in secret. Clinch would previously shoot the joyous photos, and then they were printed and mailed to the artists as special keepsakes. This private tradition went on for more than a decade.

Thanks to the Grammy's posts, we witness these intimate and celebratory moments. Stars like Lady Gaga, Jay-Z, and Beyonce all pose for the camera. Large grins, small smiles, and “Weird Al” Yankovic's hilarious expression make an appearance, and these photos are a fun way for fans to share in the artists' successes.

Above: Beyonce and Jay-Z

“Weird Al” Yankovic

Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga

Dwight Yoakam

The Band Perry


Sam Smith

Miranda Lambert

Old Crow Medicine Show

Roseanne Cash


Danny Clinch Instagram
The Grammys Instagram
via [Mashable]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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