Janet Jackson skipped last night’s Grammy ceremony, where she was to honor Luther Vandross, after CBS required her to apologize for last Sunday’s breast-baring performance with Justin Timberlake during the Super Bowl halftime show.
The Grammy program, which was aired on a five-minute delay, was void of any particularly titillating moments after CBS received numerous complaints for its Super Bowl coverage last week. Christina Aguilera had a graphic superimposed across her chest briefly when she accepted the award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in a skin-baring dress. “I don’t want to have the same thing happen that Janet had done,” she said.
Timberlake, who won a pair of awards, decided to appear at the event and apologized during his acceptance speech for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. “I know it’s been a rough week on everybody,” he said. “What occurred was unintentional, completely regrettable and I apologize if you guys are offended.”
As a result of the controversy, Jackson’s boyfriend, producer Jermaine Dupri, resigned as the president of the Atlanta chapter of the Grammys. “I didn’t want to be a part of something that’s not treating people in the right light,” he said. “I feel like what’s going on with Janet is unfair.”