CBS says cover up: stars say show it off

Music, fashion and a lot of risk: all things essential for an awards show. Especially the Grammys (which is notorious for bold fashion statements).

But what happens when CBS tries to take away the risk and the free-for-all fashion?


Ellen DeGeneres and Katy Perry
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More risk, that’s what happens.

CBS sent a memo to guests at the 55th Grammy Awards requesting that certain areas remain covered and warning against “see-through clothing” and “thong type costumes.”

But that didn’t stop Grammy stars from sporting revealing outfit choices. What did you expect, CBS? If you repress someone, they’re going to rebel.

And rebelling is just what Grammy artists did Sunday night.

Kelly Rowland proudly showed some skin, wearing a long, black Georges Chakra gown with several sheer cutouts. She joked about her daring outfit choice.

Kelly RowlandUS Weekly

Kelly Rowland
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“I thought about the dress code and thought about it again, and that’s about it,” said the Destiny’s Child singer. “I respect. See, I wore clothes.”

After almost being fined $550,000 fine for Janet Jackson’s 2004 Super Bowl mishap, it’s not hard to see why CBS may be a little weary to allow risky clothing, in fear of another lawsuit.

But telling stars how much boob they can show? In the midst of New York Fashion Week?   That’s just not going to work.

Look at some of the rules proffered by CBS in the email sent to Grammy-goers February 5. See how well artists followed the rules:

Please avoid sheer see-through clothing that could possibly expose female breast nipples. 

Photo Credit: Jordan Strauss

Photo Credit: Jordan Strauss

Please be sure the genital region is adequately covered so that there is no visible “puffy” bare skin exposure.

Photo Credit: Huffington Post

Jennifer Lopez
Photo Credit: Huffington Post


Please avoid exposing bare fleshy under curves of the buttocks and buttock crack:

Photo Credit: Frederic J. Brown, AFP/Getty Images

Keltie Colleen
Photo Credit: Frederic J. Brown, AFP/Getty Images


Bare sides or under curvature of the breasts is also problematic.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Skylar Gray

Please avoid commercial identification of actual brand name products on T-shirts.

Travis BarkerPhoto Credit: Getty Images

Travis Barker
Photo Credit: Getty Images

Either these celebs didn’t check their email or they just plain didn’t care.

Bold is what Grammy fashion is all about. Music and fashion enthusiasts have come to expect daring, rebellious outfit choices and a couple hundred words thrown into an email isn’t going to put an end to it.

I, on the other hand, stuck with a more traditional formal dress for a banquet this past weekend. I chose a classic black cocktail dress by White House | Black Market. The a-line shape instantly slims, while the studded waist line synchs at the bust and flows outward. The halter top adds a touch of risk without taking away from the elegance of the dress. My sister (left) chose a Jessica McClintock strapless dress.

Left: Jessica McClintock | Right: White House Black Market

Left: Jessica McClintock | Right: White House Black Market

CBS would’ve loved us.


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