The Grammys 2013 Dress Code Is Pretty Freakin’ Sexist!

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The Grammys 2013 dress code wouldn’t be too happy with Rihanna’s 2012 Grammy gown. But we think she looks incredible! | Source: WENN

The dress code memo for the Grammys leaked online, and holy cow is it sexist.

There are next to zero regulations in the Grammys dress code for guys, but there are plenty for girls. Here’s a sampling of what they’re demanding women wear–and not wear–on “Music’s Biggest Night,” courtesy of Crushable:

“Please be sure that buttocks and female breasts are adequately covered. Thong type costumes are problematic. Please avoid exposing bare fleshy under curves of the buttocks and buttock crack. Bare sides or under curvature of the breasts is also problematic. 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. Please avoid commercial identification of actual brand name products on T-shirts. Foreign language on wardrobe will need to be cleared. OBSCENITY OR PARTIALLY SEEN OBSCENITY ON WARDROBE IS UNACCEPTABLE FOR BROADCAST. This as well pertains to audience members that appear on camera. Finally, The Network requests that any organized cause visibly spelled out on talent’s wardrobe be avoided. This would include lapel pins or any other form of accessory.”

So basically, no boobs–whether they be nipples, side boob, underboob–or butts or camel toes are allowed at the Grammys this year.

Look, I get it. It’s a family broadcast and it’s during primetime, so people want to avoid complaints and potential wardrobe malfunctions and the subsequent fines that come along with them. Fair enough. But why do we need to specify female nipples and breasts? Frankly, a lot of people would rather see Rihanna shirtless than, say, Elton John, and it’s pretty screwed up that there’s such a loud, clear double standard there. And let’s be real, his boobs are probably bigger than hers.

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Lady Gaga’s thong wouldn’t be welcome at the 2013 Grammys. | Source: WENN

Part of why a lot of artists wear somewhat revealing clothing onstage isn’t just to sell sex (and, admittedly, that is a big part of it, because it garners them attention). It’s also in part because the less fabric there is, the less chance for them to tear, snag or trip over it, and with performers that also dance onstage under powerful lights, it gets very hot up there–so it’s a little irritating that someone like Ed Sheeran (who, for the record, I adore) is totally fine to rip off his shirt, while someone like Katy Perry or Nicki Minaj can’t.

Do you think that the Grammys dress code is fair? Do you think there’s inherent sexism in the dress code memo for the Grammys? Which performer do you think is most likely to test the Grammys’ limits on the dress code? Tell us in the comments!

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  • Abby

    A dress code isn’t that big of a deal. They don’t really want someone flashing their bare chest especially women. But the reason they don’t really have a dress code for men is because all they really wear are suits. It’s not sexist. Some people (not saying its the author of article) but they freak out over the people not being allowed to show their chest but they shame and call a girl in a super small top a slut.

  • Riley

    Well, it looks like no men will be watching the Grammy’s this year…

  • Neomi

    It would be really funny if one of the guy performers just randomly shows up wearing like a thong and they wont be able to do anything about it because they stupidly didn’t include men in any type of dress code regulation

  • Kiara

    I think it’s totally reasonable. When have you seen a male dress in anything other than a suit and tie? The female celebrities seem not to comprehend the idea that clothes are to cover yourself. I’m in no way saying they should be covered from neck to heal, just covered in the necessary areas. Plus, the Federal Communications Commission is making them do this. If a man happens to come up on stage wearing something that showed his body as much as some of the women’s attire, I’m sure there will be an area of dress code addressing him the following year. It’s not sexism, women are just the worst offenders.

    • Maya


    • Ray

      Took the words right out of my mouth.

  • Tayy

    The dress code in places is fair. As for the no dress code for men,most of them dress well anyways. Its easy for them Tux or nice suit or slacks w.e and they’re good. Women on the other hand get more codes because we have more “privates” or parts that are seen as “too hot for tv” and there have been incidents maybe not at the grammys but the J. Jackson scandal at the superbowl is one reason because woo nelly was that more of her than my preteen self could handle. They are simply to tell these ladies don’t go nuts, this isn’t one of your concerts where you are calling the shots. They should dress modest as kids will be watching. Now would we want our young boys seeing women like that which could lead to objectification of us. Moreover would we want our young girls seeing that as if thats what they have to live up to, to be successful. The words you use to describe make it seem more sexist then it is. “demanding” is just bothering me, why couldn’t it be requiring or asking. As for specifying female nipple and breasts, its because well, do you show those on a show with a PG rating or a R or MA rating? The men? Yeah they’re on the PG shows. And honestly would you rather kids seeing boy nipples/breast or female ones? I hate too sound like this but thats how I feel, its the way society is but I can tell you this it may be messed up but not sexist. And lastly females nipples/breast and vagina are all equivalent of a man getting up on the stage doing the d*** slang… naked. Would you want that because that would be allowed too if you lift them. Hate to say this but men know better. Have you ever seen an accidental penis pop out on a family award show? Ohkay Im done because I could be here all day.

  • Kayla

    Personally, I don’t find a problem with the wardrobe requirements. Dressing the way they were told to is called public decency and that is good. Yeah, dressing like you just came off a corner probably excites some people and makes them like you but what about the rest of the population that doessn’t care about that? I look at it with disgust. (and jealousy because i wish I had an awesome body like that, which brings up more issues) Also, comparing how guys can go shirtless but girls can’t is kinda dumb. I mean, would you actually want to see your favorite female singer dancing shirtless onstage?

  • bakerychaz

    It’s an AWARDS SHOW, not a STRIP CLUB. And I wouldn’t call it sexist, because all of the guys there wear suits and they have really no choice, and there’s no chance of them wearing anything revealing.

  • Marie

    Oh please.