Last year Grammy officials put out a memo advising on appropriate wardrobe for the show. The memo went into great detail to ensure stars kept away from side cleavage, buttock exposure and nipples, amongst other factors. The note that was leaked to the public before last year’s award ceremony even dictated that stars should cover up their genital areas so that there could be no risk of “visible ‘puffy’ bare skin exposure.” The memo was released to CBS after one too many wardrobe malfunctions during the Super Bowl. But this year, no such memo appears to have been sent out. Grammy nominees will be able to wear what they like with no risk of offense through the exposure of visible thongs or barely there gowns.
The Grammys have a history of debuting provocative outfits. In 2000, Jennifer Lopez may have started it all off when she walked the red carpet in a green Versace dress with a neckline that revealed skin from shoulder to navel to neckline. In 2001, Toni Braxton’s dress covered about as much of her as if she was wearing a mini sandwich board and in 2010, Pink’s Cirque du Soleil worthy routine was performed in a dripping wet nude body suit. In fact, after the release of the memo, repeat offenders Jennifer Lopez and Katy Perry couldn’t resist flashing some skin. CBS should have expected that trying to dictate what a group of rebellious musicians might wear could result in a backlash of skimpy costumes and added risk of exposure.
Viewers this time around might expect some risqué costumes, considering this year’s lineup of returning champions, as well as new faces. Metal heavyweights and eight time Grammy winners Metallica are performing. It will be their first time in 23 years that they take the Grammy stage. Daft Punk is nominated in the Record of the Year category and performing with Session players off their album Random Access Memories. There is also a special performance featuring Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson. Three time winner Pharell Williams will take the stage; he has seven nominations this year. Madonna, Miranda Lambert and Greenday frontman Billy Joe Armstrong will be performing a tribute to musical legend Phil Everly.
Also performing is break away Kiwi songstress Lorde, who is nominated in four categories: best pop solo performance, record of the year, song of the year and best pop vocal album. Katy Perry and Pink will play and probably provide viewers with some startling, jaw dropping outfits. Performance duo Daft Punk might provide a balance, given the preference for disguises including full helmets and gloves that give them a robotic appearance. The two are known for shying away from interviews or public outings.
Thus this year could see a balance between Grammy nominees that show it all and those that viewers won’t see at all. At least this time around it have full wardrobes of past provocations, at least this year it seems that sheer gowns or exposed side bum are not on the table as risky behavior.
The 56th Grammy Awards telecast air this Sunday from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
By Sara Watson