This week, Grammy producers released a strict and detailed epistle addressing the guidelines for all nominees and guests to wear to yesterday’s show. The gist of the letter is demanding all attendees to hide cracks, side boobs and to halt all overly-raunchy antics! BORING!

Aren’t the outfit surprises what we’ve come to love about the Grammys? The awards show is home to some of fashion’s most memorable moments from Jennifer Lopez’s infamous racy low cut floral gown (that I still aim to mimic at some point in my life) and Pink’s daring see-through bodysuit. Even Lil Kim’s custom-made nipple cover made history. It’s entertainment and outrageous fashion is a vital part of the shock factor celebrities love to exploit. Dear CBS, the people want fashion shockers.

Here’s why their new policy proved to be a failure:

1. You can’t have The Grammys without outrageous fashion.

The Grammys is the vessel for two great worlds to collide: music and fashion. Yes viewers are captivated by a night of great musical acknowledgment but there’s also just as excited to see bold fashion statements on the red carpet.

Grammy artists are notorious for their raunchy half-naked red carpet risks and even their costume mishaps. The more daring and yes, sometimes risque the look, the more it’s likely to get tongues wagging. It contributes to the uncensored, organic and free-spirited energy of the Grammys. How can they tame that when it’s such a vital part of the appeal of the show?

2. No one listened.

CBS was more likely to cause a slight uproar due to the militant style enforcements than to have the masses surrender agreeably. Musicians typically do not take well to being told what to do and what to wear. These are the world’s biggest rock stars and bad asses: the ones who have attained their high profile careers by singing “screw what I’m told” songs and glorifying their rebellious lifestyles. Why did CBS think they’d actually follow the rules? In fact, the demand backfired, nudging stars to pull their raciest number yet (we’re talking to you Kelly Rowland and Alicia Keys).

3. “You can’t make me!”

CBS had no way to actually enforce these rules.  Yes, in essence, they could drag performers off the red carpet or from stage for a flying boob AND even have security physically put a WWF smack down on an artist to the ground for showing too much skin but none of that happened.

4. It was sexist!

Since the female artists were coerced into covering up, the same rules should have applied to the men. We weren’t allowed to see Rihanna’s side boob but could have been subjected to a topless Rick Ross. That isn’t hardly fair.

Do you think the Grammys went overboard with their dress code this year?

-Nikki B

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  • Mahogany

    I might be the only person who agreed with the Grammy’s rules. After all the Grammys is a family show and I don’t think that fashion needs to be raunchy or show nudity to be shocking. Leave the raunchiness or the outrageous fashion for the BET or MTV awards. The Grammys is the equivalent to the Academy Awards and you’ll never see raunchy at the Academy.

    I’m glad that the Grammys decided on class and morality instead of shock value and sex.

    • Pseudonym

      Exactly! Shock value and sex are the easy way out.

      Anyone with a needle, scissors, and thread can make a skin tight dress with cutouts.

    • Child, Please

      Since when has the Grammy’s ever been a family show? I don’t know too many people who sit down as a family and watch it. I’ve actually known people to watch it less and less each year because of the acts chosen to perform.

  • I enjoyed seeing the modest looks. It allowed the audience to focus on what everyone was really there for.

  • Who said that they would have let Rick Ross get away with showing his body? People complain about it all the time.i agreed 100% wit te dress code.

  • MommieDearest

    *jumps on bandwagon*

    I agree with the dress code too. But I am seriously giving CBS the side-eye because they are cracking down on stray body parts, yet they allowed that mini soft porn video disguised as a commercial to air during the Superbowl at 6:45 when families were watching. The kiddies were still up at that time and did not need to see that. I’m grown and I didn’t need to see (or hear) it. Ew…

    • MeluKnows

      Exactly! The slurpping soungs of that God-awful kiss makes my skin crawl. Blaaaah!!!

      The dress code was was much needed. It’s a crying shame that grown adults need the same dress code guidance as high schoolers going to the prom. When will folks learn that being damn near naked does not equate to being sexy???

  • Child, Please

    I’m glad the entertainers largely said ‘eff this memo.” It was sexist and there’s no way you could argue otherwise. Lately, you’ve seen tacky fashions at the Grammys and not extensive side boob, thigh and leg like in years past or at the Academy Awards. I just think CBS was looking for a way to draw attention to the award show this year, since they had no other way to do it and by the memo “leaking” it would certainly cause rebels to do what they do.