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Producer: Jackson undecided about Grammys

Janet Jackson was to introduce a tribute to singer Luther Vandross at the Grammys.
Janet Jackson was to introduce a tribute to singer Luther Vandross at the Grammys.

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LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- Janet Jackson has still not decided whether she will attend the Grammy Awards ceremony Sunday, her long-time producer Jimmy Jam said at a Saturday night pre-Grammy party.

"Last time I talked to her about it, she was up in the air about it," Jam told CNN. "She was literally sitting on the fence about whether she was going to come or not, or whether she was going to sit back and watch it on TV."

Jam said he has been in the studio for the past three nights working with Jackson on her upcoming album, due at the end of March.

On Wednesday, Jackson's publicist Steven Huvane told CNN on Wednesday that she was not likely to attend.

Jackson, whose right breast was shown to a national television audience during last weekend's Super Bowl halftime show, was to introduce a tribute to singer Luther Vandross. Vandross is too ill to attend the ceremony, calling into question whether Jackson would attend.

Her name was not on a list of presenters released Wednesday by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. Jam said Jackson was never told she is not welcome to attend or that there are any strings attached to her attendance.

Tuesday, CBS announced it will broadcast the Grammys using an "enhanced" tape delay system, an apparent effort to avoid a repeat of the breast-baring incident.

For the first time in the 46-year history of the Grammys, the network will be able to delete inappropriate video as well as audio, CBS said in a written statement.

In prior years, the show aired with a five-second tape delay, enabling network censors to bleep out obscene words but leaving them helpless against surprise on-stage nudity. "The precise length of the new delay has yet to be determined," said the statement, which makes no mention of Jackson or the Super Bowl.

At the end of the Super Bowl halftime show, Jackson's right breast was exposed when Justin Timberlake ripped off a portion of her outfit, as they finished singing "Rock Your Body." Politicians and throngs of CBS viewers voiced their outrage. Timberlake called it a "wardrobe malfunction. "

Jackson's publicist said Timberlake was supposed to pull away Jackson's bustier while leaving intact her red lace bra.

In a videotaped statement released late Tuesday, Jackson took full responsibility for the stunt.

"My decision to change the Super Bowl performance was actually made after the final rehearsal. MTV, CBS, the NFL had no knowledge of this whatsoever and unfortunately the whole thing went wrong in the end. I am really sorry if I offended anyone. That was truly not my intention."

Despite the apologies, the Federal Communications Commission is investigating the incident and may levy fines.

This year's Grammy Awards ceremony will be broadcast at 8 p.m. ET Sunday.

Timberlake, 50 Cent, Christina Aguilera, OutKast and Celine Dion are among those set to perform.

Timberlake is nominated in five Grammy categories, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year.


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