While CBS execs ripped a ticket from Joan River's fashion police's notebook, the network's sartorial suggestions raised the style bar at the Grammy's Sunday night.
As Deadline.com first reported, the network attempted to curb the obvious in-your-face-female-anatomy lessons. And for the first time in recent Grammy red carpet presentations -- ladies certainly will land on the best-dressed lists, rather than called out for epic don'ts.
No word if CBS staffers issued citations at the door.
J.LO brought Angelina's leg back
J. Lo, who brought "side boob" into the fashion lexicon courtesy of that Versace dress in 2000, wore a black Anthony Vaccarello gown showing only a shoulder. And a leg. A whole lotta leg.
"This is on the cusp of pushing the limits," E!'s Ryan Seacrest warned. Lopez waved off the mention of CBS' wardrobe memo. "They didn't say anything about leg! I thought I was being such a good girl!"
Tamia reworks the memo
R&B singer Tamia, who's up for Best R&B Song and Best R&B Album, chose a sheer dress, doublestick tape and wicked strong underpinnings for her look.
While Tamia's dress clearly flouts one of CBS's suggestions: "Bare sides or under curvature of the breasts is also problematic," her look is no more over the top than Katy Perry's.
The "Firework" singer did pay homage to proper Texas beauties by proclaiming her love for Ellnet: "Higher the hair, closer to God," but an homage to one-time Lone Star State resident and ex-wife of the King, Priscilla Presley, it was not. The jeweled collar competed with the exaggerated keyhole neckline, which, like her hair, should've been closer to a higher power.
In a nod to all that is right with doublestick tape, Kelly Rowland wore an art-deco inspired Georges Chakra gown. The paneled dress was racy, yet sophisticated -- far from over-the-top doublestick tape crimes in music award show past. (L'il Kim is only but one offender) The singer, fresh off her Super Bowl halftime show appearance with Beyonce told Guiliana Rancic: I still followed the rules."
The Twittersphere lit up with news of Rihanna's arrival on the red carpet -- as a scuffle appeared to ensue just as she stepped out of the limo. But it was her red Azzedine Alaia dress that launched a thousand tweets --as the pop star proved the network right. While she's known for her fearless choices, adhering to "The Memo" worked to Rihanna's advantage. (The Twittersphere's other mentions of her not taking the memo to heart -- not her fault.)
Miranda Lambert winks at memo
Miranda Lambert decided on the deep V. But upon further review of "The Memo," depending on a viewer's vantage point -- her gown passes muster.
Taylor Swift chose a demure J.Mendel gown -- with little chance of a wardrobe malfunction.