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'Avoid showing breasts, buttocks'

When it comes to the Grammys, CBS executives have skin on their minds. A memo has leaked in which CBS brass urge music industry luminaries to keep Sunday’s Grammy telecast squeaky clean. “Please be sure that buttocks and female breasts are adequately covered,” reads the memo, distributed to awards show attendees and their representatives.


Skin Show: Rapper Lil Kim wore a lavender coloured jumpsuit leaving very little to the imagination at the 1999 MTV Video Awards. According to the new dress code at the Grammys, such clothes have been banned as the TV executives want a clean show. Pic/AFP

“Thong type costumes are problematic,” reads the memo.  “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.”

The memo was distributed by a low-level staffer in the network’s standards and practices department, tasked with keeping the airwaves free of obscenities and nudity. “Its content was the result of a conference call” earlier this week among CBS executives, the source said.

“It was never intended to be written down or e-mailed anywhere,” the source said. “It wasn’t approved by anybody.” The music industry was amused by the network’s efforts. “Right, they’re telling rock stars how to dress?” a music industry executive sneered in response to the memo. “Good luck with that.”

The Grammys are a notoriously fleshy event: pop star Pink trapeezed across the stage in a nude bodysuit during her 2010 performance; Jennifer Lopez wore a see-through Versace gown slashed to her hips; and Katy Perry teamed a pair of wings with an irridescent sheet in 2011.

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