Last night was the 55th Annual Grammy Awards honoring and awarding some of the music industry’s talented musicians, but today not all the discussions about are about the winners and losers of the award ceremony. Aside from musical performances and who won the coveted golden award, people are talking about several highly-profiled individuals who broke a CBS rule.
Prior to the awards itself an email from CBS—the network airing the Grammys—was sent out to the show’s attendees with a set of no-nos regarding what partakers of the ceremony were allowed to wear. “Please be sure that buttocks and female breasts are adequately covered,” stated in the email and, “Thong type costumes are problematic. Please avoid exposing bare flesh under curves of the buttocks and buttock crack. Bare sides or under curvature of the breasts is also problematic.”
Well, the request made by CBS isn’t all too shocking.
It was only several years ago when CBS was fined $550,000 when the network hosted the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show when the—now infamous—incident of Janet Jackson’s breast being exposed at the end of the show. Despite the penalty being overturned, CBS is still weary of getting future fines. So the email asking celebrities dressed in not so revealing clothing may make sense, but a few stylish few opted to go around the email’s suggestion regarding appropriate wear.
For example, Jennifer Lopez never ceases to amaze when she graces the red carpet at an award show. At last night’s award show, Lopez wore a Anthony Vaccarello black number with a waist-high right leg split that nearly channel’s Angelina Jolie’s infamous right leg dress-split dress.
“As you can see, I read the memo,” joked Lopez, who graced the stage along with reggaton rapper Pitbull to present the award to Best Female Artist.
“You inspired the memo!” Pitbull retorted, bringing us back to an Grammy event years ago.
CBS plead for attendees to dress appropriately may have been written with the Latina superstar in mind. Back in 2000, Lopez arrived at the award show wearing a green jungle-esque Versace grown with a plunging neck line that ended somewhat near the dress’s front end around the navel.
Joining Lopez in breaking or finding loopholes around CBS’s dress code was Katy Perry who wore a skin-tight mint gown with a wide-open keyhole cut-out around the chest.
“I thought about the dress code, and I thought about it again,” Kelly Rowland joked, who wore a George Chakra sleek black gown with panels showing off her bare skin at various places, “I respect it. See, I wore clothes.”
Barbados superstar, Rihanna wore a sheer red gown which was see-through.
Club singer D’Manti donned a sheer dress which had small sequined areas that allowed for some side-clevage to be shown. The singer was excited for her outfit and was confident as she prepped to walk the red carpet by tweeting to all her fans, “Getting ready for the #Grammys so excited!”
Dress code ignored or not, the Grammys continued on with a night filled of pulsating performances and a great deal of golden record awards being handed out to those who earned them.