News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Feb. 8, 2013: Sexy Bajan star Rihanna is known for her very revealing costumes that leave little to the imagination but Grammy officials are telling the star and all other performers this year to make sure they cover up.
A memo issued this week by CBS, which will air the show live on Sunday night, Feb. 10th, from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT), warns: “Please be sure that buttocks and female breasts are adequately covered.”
Producers also said “thong type costumes are problematic” and urged all performers to “avoid exposing bare fleshy under curves of the buttocks and buttock crack.”
“Bare sides or under curvature of the breasts is also problematic,” the memo sent to the artists representatives, adds. “Please avoid sheer see-through clothing that could possibly expose female breast nipples. Please be sure the genital region is adequately covered so that there is no visible ‘puffy’ bare skin exposure.”
The Grammy’s also is warning against wearing of “commercial identification of actual brand name products on T-shirts” and against all obscenity or partially seen obscenity on wardrobe.”
Rihanna will join Bruno Mars 16-time GRAMMY winner Sting for a special performance at the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards. Her performance will come just four days after she stunned fans and her critics alike by showing up with Chris Brown at his probation hearing for beating her up four years ago.
The pop star sat behind Brown in court Wednesday while a prosecutor asked a judge to order the singer to restart the community labor that is his punishment for the felony assault conviction.
It was Rihanna’s second time in a courtroom with Brown. The first was the day in August 2009 when Brown was sentenced to five years’ probation and ordered to stay away from her. Then, she was a witness for the prosecution.
Meanwhile, American Idol Judge and Trinidadian rapper, Nicki Minaj will be MIA from the Awards.
Minaj has not received a single nomination for this year’s Grammy’s even though she had one of 2012’s biggest hits with her RedOne-produced multi-platinum dance-pop single Starships, while her sophomore album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded went gold, spawning a re-release.
“I think that the Grammys had a different reason, that I do not want to discuss … and that’s just between me and them,” said the star, who delivered a knockout performance at last year’s show. “But I respect their organization and I’ll get a Grammy eventually. I’m not worried about it.”
Minaj had received three nominations at last year’s Grammys including Best New Artist, making her absence from this year’s list of nominees surprising.
“I understand that artists and critics make a big deal over the Grammys. But when I go to my shows and I’m selling out arenas in London, and when I’m in Australia and Japan, there aren’t any Grammys there,” she told the press recently.
REGGAE AT THE GRAMMY’S
For the 28th year, a Grammy Award for reggae will be handed out to a lucky singer of this genre. This year’s nominees are Jimmy Cliff for Rebirth; The Original Wailers for Miracle; Sean Paul for Tomahawk Technique; Sly & Robbie and the Jam Masters for New Legend – Jamaica 50th Edition and Toots & The Maytals for Reggae Got Soul: Unplugged on Strawberry Hill.
The Grammy Award was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards. It honored recording artists for quality works in the reggae music genre. Honors in several categories are also now presented at the ceremony annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to “honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position.”