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Butt Cracks, Underboobs & More Banned Body Parts at the Grammy Awards
The 55th Annual Grammy Awards will be rocking the airwaves from Los Angeles on February 10, and as part of the ramp-up to the big show, performers and attendees are being issued a warning from broadcasting network CBS about just how much of their flesh needs to stay covered up.
Deadline Hollywood has published a just-circulated "Wardrobe Advisory" e-mail reminding recipients of CBS' Standard And Practice. Forget the usual VPL woes (that's Visible Panty Line, natch), there are some specific body parts that must remain unseen, including underboobs, butt cracks, nipples, and something to do with the private parts that might enable "visible 'puffy' bare skin exposure" (vagina poof? fluffy penis?). And PS, don't think you can get away with something naughty printed on your shirt in Japanese or Russian.
Here is an excerpt from the e-mail that details the clothing rules:
Please be sure that buttocks and female breasts are adequately covered. Thong type costumes are problematic. Please avoid exposing bare fleshy under curves of the buttocks and buttock crack. Bare sides or under curvature of the breasts is also problematic. Please avoid sheer see-through clothing that could possibly expose female breast nipples. Please be sure the genital region is adequately covered so that there is no visible “puffy” bare skin exposure. Please avoid commercial identification of actual brand name products on T-shirts. Foreign language on wardrobe will need to be cleared. OBSCENITY OR PARTIALLY SEEN OBSCENITY ON WARDROBE IS UNACCEPTABLE FOR BROADCAST. This as well, pertains to audience members that appear on camera. Finally, The Network requests that any organized cause visibly spelled out on talent’s wardrobe be avoided. This would include lapel pins or any other form of accessory.
Those who should take particular note this year for the big music spectacle are scheduled performers Bruno Mars, Kelly Clarkson, The Black Keys, FUN., the Lumineers, Mumford & Sons, Frank Ocean, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and Jack White, Elton John, and Sting. Because, seriously, we don't want to see Elton John's underboob or Sting's buttcrack, now, do we?