Rihanna Can't Show Nips at the Grammys, But Lil Wayne Can

Borderline sexist Grammy memo puts the kabosh on exposed "female breast nipples."

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Kyle McGovern WRITTEN BY
Kyle McGovern

We're still reeling from Beyoncé's breathtaking (and immensely popular) Super Bowl XLVII halftime performance, but CBS still hasn't gotten over Janet Jackson's 2004 halftime show (you know, the one with the infamous "wardrobe malfunction").

In advance of February 10's 55th Annual Grammy Awards, the television network sent out a Standard and Practice email (via Deadline) instructing everyone set to appear on camera to be mindful of FCC guidelines when picking out what to wear.

Note that "buttocks and female breasts" must be "adequately covered." Seriously, guys, "please avoid sheer see-through clothing that could possibly expose female breast nipples." Got it? No "female breast nipples." Also, "thong type costumes are problematic." And "be sure the genital region is adequately covered so that there is no visible 'puffy' bare skin exposure." Puffy?

Oh, and try to avoid wearing anything with text in a foreign language — that "will need to be cleared."

Sorry, CBS, dress code or not, creepers gonna creep. The 55th Annual Grammy Awards, hosted by LL Cool J, will broadcast live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 10 at 8 p.m. EST. Read the entire fashion memo below.

Date: February 5, 2013, 10:39:56 PM EST
Subject: 55th GRAMMYS: Standard And Practice Wardrobe Advisory

-kindly confirm receipt of s&p standards-

***GRAMMYS 2013***

CBS Program Practices advises that all talent appearing on camera please adhere to Network policy concerning wardrobe.

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.

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