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?