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Memo? What memo? Grammy stars flaunt cleavage and leg

Katy Perry wore a wintergreen gown, complete with slightly Christmasy accents.

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Memo, schmemo.

As The Globe's Amberly McAteer wrote last week, CBS issued a memo ahead of last night's Grammy awards, asking celebrities to dress more modestly at this year's event.

But rather than getting them to obediently cover up, the dress code only succeeded in spurring some stars to test what they could get away with.
Case in point: Jennifer Lopez's super-exposed leg.

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The singer wore a black gown with a revealing slit down the side that went all the way up to the hip.

As Us Weekly magazine reports, Lopez drew attention to her defiance of the dress code, joking, "So as you can see, I read the memo…" while an image of the famous green, low-plunging Versace gown she wore at the Grammies in 2000 appeared on the screen.

Co-presenter Pitbull replied: "You inspired the memo.

Lopez wasn't exactly wrong, though, when she explained to E! News's Ryan Seacrest that she didn't technically violate the dress code. "They didn't say anything about leg!" she said, according to Us Weekly. "I thought I was being such a good girl -- [just] a little shoulder and a little leg." (So if that's just a "little" leg, what's "a lot" of leg?)

McAteer noted earlier that CBS had issued detailed instructions, banning "thong type costumes" and "see-through clothing that could possibly expose female breast nipples," and asked that "buttocks and female breasts" be "adequately covered."

But if Lopez squeaked past the code, singer D'Manti demonstrated she couldn't be bothered to comply, arriving in a barely-there lace dress.

"I got the memo after I picked out the dress," she explained, according to the Los Angeles News Group.

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Singers Katy Perry, Ashanti and Kelly Rowland also flaunted some serious cleavage.

But this was to be expected, really. Did the network seriously think it could tell rebellious rock musicians and pop stars what to do?

Neil Portnow, president and chief executive of The Recording Academy says no. "This information is given every year by every television network to all the performers that appear on the network because TV networks are regulated by the FCC [Federal Communications Commission]," he told the Los Angeles News Group.

In other words, the one butt that the memo really intended to cover was the network's.

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Wency Leung is a general assignment reporter for the Life section. Before joining The Globe in early 2010, she has worked as a reporter in Vancouver, Prague, and Phnom Penh. More

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