Grammy Awards Dress Code Bars Bare Breasts, Buttocks

By Tanya Roth, Esq. on February 08, 2013 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Producers of the 2013 Grammy Awards are laying down the law when it comes to dress codes. Revealing clothes will not be allowed at the Grammy ceremony this Sunday.

CBS, which will air the Grammy Awards, has issued an advisory to all presenters, asking that they be adequately covered.

Specifically, the dress policy states that anyone appearing on camera should take care to cover their buttocks and breasts, E! Online reports.

Sheer or see-through clothing is also to be avoided. CBS also doen't want celebrities to expose any "bare fleshy under curves of the buttocks and buttock crack."

Going further, the advisory specifically states that "female breast nipples" shouldn't be exposed. It then politely suggests: "Please be sure the genital region is adequately covered so that there is no visible 'puffy' bare skin exposure."

The advisory comes from CBS' Program Practices Department, which issues standards for TV shows and commercials. Basically, the network could face steep penalties if it's in violation of federal regulations about what is and isn't allowable on broadcast television.

It comes as no surprise that CBS would have such wardrobe policies. Remember the Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction incident, involving Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake? After Jackson's breast was exposed for a fleeting moment, CBS was hit with a huge fine by the Federal Communications Commission.

But CBS appealed, and a court deemed the fine improper because the FCC's policy on "fleeting" nudity was not clear. Since then, the FCC has clarified its policies; CBS doesn't want to take any chances again.

Scanty clothes aren't the only things banned at the Grammys. Clothing bearing name brands and labels are also prohibited. The same goes for any tokens or pins that publicize causes.

As always, it will be interesting to watch the Grammys, for both the musical performances and the celebrity attire -- if CBS' fashion police doesn't get to them first.

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