Memo seems to stifle outrageous Grammy fashions

What was that about a dress code?

Grammy organizers, hoping to instill a sense of -- what? -- decorum on their freewheeling red carpet, sent out a missive last week prohibiting displays of body parts that, as Jennifer Lopez put it, "I can't say around the house."

Oy, some of them actually listened -- making for the dullest Grammy fashion parade in ages.

Beyoncé wore a severe black and white pants outfit that was a far cry from her skimpy Super Bowl outfit. Rihanna, who early on threatened to ignore style dictates, came in an almost sedate (if a little see-through) red Azzedine Alaia gown.

A few ladies pushed it. Plunging necklines on Ashanti, Natasha Bedingfield and Taylor Swift seemed barely in compliance, while Katy Perry's low-cut mint green number was clearly over the line.

As for J.Lo, "They didn't say anything about leg," she said of her Anthony Vaccarello one-shoulder gown with a revealing slit cut almost to the panty line. "I thought I was being such a good girl."

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