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"What Not To Wear": Grammys 2013

02/11/2013

There were numerous hits and misses from style to sound that came out of the 2013 Grammy Awards, but one standout part of the annual event was the new dress code that CBS required as part of the night. In a memo sent via email to attendees, CBS outlined "Standards and Practices" for Grammy wardrobe. 

The memo reads: "Please be sure that buttocks and female breasts are adequately covered. Thong type costumes are problematic," the email continued. "Please be sure the genital region is adequately covered so that there is no visible 'puffy' bare skin exposure." But with every rule, there will be those who break it. Some of the 2013 Grammy attendees took great lengths to bend the rules, while others abided with confidence and class.

Jennifer Lopez will always be remembered for her 2001 jungle-style Versace gown (pictured below). For the 2013 Grammy Awards J.Lo stayed edgy by bending the rules, wearing a black off the shoulder dress with a large leg slit. J.Lo told Ryan Seacrest that leg exposure was not mentioned in the dress code memo. However, her slit did come dangerously close the crotch region. 

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2013 Jeff Vespa/WireImage | Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic 2001

Rihanna's sheer nipple-bearing dress red dress is in contrast to her 2008 look. Unlike some artist who chose to cover up, Rihanna seemed to make no modifications based on the new 2013 dress standards. 

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2008 Gregg DeGuire/WireImage | Larry Busacca/WireImage 2013

Katy Perry is the constant rule breaker. So it's no surprise she worked her plunging neckline.

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2010 Jason Merritt/Getty Images | Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic 2013

Taylor Swift went from whimsical to fireball despite the new standards. In 2008 Swift looked romantic and feminine in a corset gown, but transitioned to a goddess style dress with a plunging neckline.

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2008 Steve Granitz/WireImage | Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic 2013

Fellow country star Carrie Underwood went edgier than years past. Underwood’s 2012 gown covered most of the singer's body. This year, Underwood played by the rules but still let her figure show.

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2012 Steve Granitz/WireImage | Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic 2013

The ever classy Adele made a move towards color this year, breaking away from the all black gown she sported in 2012.

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2012 Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic 2013

Beyoncé is on top of the world right now, from Inauguration to the Super Bowl, not to mention tickets for her world tour go on sale this week. At the 2013 Grammy's Beyoncé showed her personal transition into power and motherhood. It's been said that Beyoncé's mother used to dress her for every event in clothes that looked like skating costumes. B's jumpsuit is bold and sedate, maybe she is dressing herself now.

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2008 Kevin Mazur/WireImage | Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic 2013

 --Alex Zuckerman

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