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CBS eye on guard: no boobs or butts, please

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LOS ANGELES -- Celebrities walking the carpet in flashy, wild and revealing outfits has come to be an expected part of the award show experience, and the Grammys are no different.

But on the heels of a Super Bowl broadcast that included the game MVP dropping an f-bomb on national TV, CBS executives have reached out to those attending music's biggest night with a simple directive: cover up.

According to an emailed "Wardrobe Advisory" sent by the network's Standards and Practices committee -- first obtained and reported by Deadline -- the network wants all breasts and buttocks to be covered.

"Thong type costumes are problematic," reads the email. "Please avoid exposing bare fleshy under curves of the buttocks and buttock crack. Bare sides or under curvature of the breasts is also problematic."

CBS executives, seemingly concerned with the potential of wardrobe malfunctions, also caution against sheer see-through clothing, which could "possibly expose female breast nipples."

The email spells out -- in capital letters -- that obscenity on clothing is unacceptable.

Some of the most memorable Grammy outfits -- including Jennifer Lopez's 2000 Grammy outfit, a nearly-see through green-blue dress slit directly down the front, as well as more recent outfits worn by artists such as Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Pink -- would certainly not meet the CBS guidelines.

CBS officials did not return calls for comment, but the network has been proactive and defensive about celebrity attire during its broadcasts in the past.

After broadcasting the infamous Janet Jackson nipple slip during the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show, CBS told Jackson and Justin Timberlake that they must apologize during that year's Grammys in order to appear. He did, she didn't.

-- Los Angeles Times

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 9, 2013 G1

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