Pink performs during the 2010 Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Grammy performers have been told to cover up at Sunday's big
music awards show, and keep their buttocks, nipples and
genitals under wraps. Their politics can't show either.
In a "wardrobe advisory," broadcaster CBS also asked
musicians and audience members likely to appear on camera at
the Feb. 10 Grammy Awards ceremony to avoid wearing brand
names on T-shirts as well as clothing with political or
"Please be sure that buttocks and female breasts are
adequately covered. Thong type costumes are problematic.
Please avoid exposing bare flesh under curves of the buttocks
and buttock crack," said the memo issued by CBS standards and
practices department and obtained by entertainment industry
website Deadline.com on Wednesday.
"Obscenity or partially seen obscenity on wardrobe is
unacceptable for broadcast," the note added.
The warning follows a lengthy court battle over indecency and
obscenity standards on U.S. network television.
CBS, a unit of CBS Corp, was fined $550,000 by the Federal
Communications Commission for airing a glimpse of Janet
Jackson's breast when her costume slipped while singing at
the Super Bowl half-time show in 2004.
The fine was later thrown out and that decision was upheld by
the U.S. Supreme Court in June 2012. CBS has expressed "deep
regret" for the incident.
The annual Grammy Awards ceremony honors the best musicians
of the year, but is also a major promotional showcase for
rising stars and upcoming albums.
In 2010, singer Pink performed upside down in a flesh-colored
bodysuit, while Rihanna last year wore a plunging black dress
on the red carpet.
Performers at Sunday's three-hour show in Los Angeles include
Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, Maroon 5, Frank Ocean, Alicia
Keys and Elton John.