Grammy Awards Dress Code: Who Broke the Rules?

Katy Perry, Rihanna Among Wardrobe Rebels

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Grammy Awards Dress Code: Who Broke the Rules?

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It looks like a few pop superstars didn't get the memo!

While CBS Standard and Practice issued a wardrobe advisory ahead of the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, a few stars clearly didn't read it -- or at least chose to break the rules! While there were no nip slips or wardrobe malfunctions during this year's live broadcast, there were definitely some defiant divas on the red carpet.

The CBS memo was clear: Buttocks and female breasts were to be adequately covered, and thong type costumes were a big no-no. Side boob was also forbidden, and Grammy guests were warned to cover the "puffy" skin down under. In addition, there was to be no obscenity on wardrobe.

Grammy Host LL Cool J was totally cool with the wardrobe guidelines. On the red carpet, the hip hop legend told "Access Hollywood" he supported the dress code.

"I don't think it's unfair to remind musicians that there's some families watching in the middle of the country and all around the world," he said. "They don't need any extra things happening for the families... This isn't the Vegas version of the Grammys."

But not all of LL's peers heeded the dress code.

Jennifer Lopez -- whose iconic, plunging green Versace at the 2000 Grammys is still one of the most talked-about celeb dresses ever -- pushed the envelope with a thigh-high slitted Anthony Vaccarello gown and an Angelina's Leg pose.

"As you can see I read the memo," J-Lo joked of her latest Grammy gown.

"You inspired the memo!" her co-presenter Pitbull said.

Fresh off of her Super Bowl reunion with Destiny's Child, singer Kelly Rowland joked backstage at the Grammys, saying she "almost broke the code" with her peek-a-boo Georges Chakra black dress. "If I turn to the side I might," she added. (Inch for inch, we think she did!)

Country superstar Miranda Lambert wore a plunging Roberto Cavalli, and feigned confusion over the dress code memo, saying, "Puffy skin, what is that?"

And Katy Perry may have set off some fireworks with CBS execs, with her Priscilla Presley-inspired skin-tight mint green Gucci gown that featured a prominent boob window.

Rihanna sported a trio of looks, and only one of them didn't break code. Her stunning red carpet red Azzedine Alaïa dress was decidedly see-through (eagle eyed viewers got an eyeful), and later, her metallic striped crop top showcased the dreaded "under curvature of the breasts" during an on-stage performance with Damian and Ziggy Marley.

Finally, musician Deadmau5 didn't give a you-know-what about CBS' memo regarding no obscenities on clothing. The Canadian electro-house musician sported a hat that read: "Your S --- Bums Me Out." But soon after arriving on the Grammy red carpet with fiancé, Kat Von D, he covered the letter "S" with tape. When asked about the dress code guidelines, Kat said: "We don't care about guidelines."

Check out the couple's red carpet exchange with E! host Guiliana Rancic here.

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