2013 Grammys dress code: no boobs, butts or genitals - Reverb

2013 Grammys dress code: no boobs, butts or thongs

Artists looking to emulate Janet Jackson’s infamous Super Bowl nip slip, Pink’s body-bearing get-up at the 2010 Grammys or finally taking their snazzy new thong out for a spin will have to look for something a little more conservative to wear at this year’s Grammys.

In a CBS memo obtained by Deadline, attendees at this year’s show are instructed to ensure that all “buttocks and breasts are adequately covered,” and further, were reminded that “thong type costumes are problematic.”

Attendees were also instructed to avoid exposing “bare fleshy under curves of the buttocks and buttock crack,” as well as the phenomenon known as “side-boob.”

Finally, the dress code stipulates that attendees must ensure that their “genital region is adequately covered so that there is no visible ‘puffy’ bare skin exposure.”

Avoiding too much skin wasn’t the memo’s only purpose. Attendees were also told to avoid any commercial identification or actual brand name products on t-shirts, as well as to get any shirts with foreign language messages cleared with the network.

Lapel pins that display messages for a specific cause are also totally out of the question (I think they’re talking to you, Bono!).

Maybe CBS has a right to be overcautious — after all, the network was almost fined $550,000 for Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction in 2004.

But even with the new dress code, it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that Lady Gaga will still find something ridiculous to wear. 

The Grammys air at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday.

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Pop music blogger Allison Sylte is a Fort Collins-based writer and regular contributor to Reverb.