Kim Kardashian stole the show at the 2021 Met Gala in all-black Balenciaga, but there were plenty of fashionable celebs who swerved the event this year
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- 08:49, 14 Sep 2021
The 2021 Met Gala did not disappoint with some of the biggest stars on the planet lighting up New York with show-stopping gowns that ranged from the glamorous to the downright bizarre.
A-listers turned out in force at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to revel in this year's theme, In America: A Lexicon of Fashion.
Kim Kardashian stole the show in head-to-toe black Balenciaga – complete with mask – with the SKIMS mogul becoming a viral meme with her bold look.
Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna and tennis star of the moment Emma Raducanu also made dramatic arrivals as the prestigious Gala made a triumphant return after being cancelled last year due to Covid.
However, despite the red carpet attracting some huge names viewers couldn't help but feel a little disappointed by a few familiar Met Gala favourites who chose not to appear.
Kylie Jenner with Donatella Versace at the 2017 Met Gala.
Kylie's sister Kim Kardashian stole the show at the 2021 party
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The likes of Beyonce, Lady Gaga and Kylie Jenner were all no shows on Monday night.
In the past the trio have provided some of the most show-stopping looks at the event.
Similarly, Blake Lively, Cardi B and Nicki Minaj also swerved the event with fans speculating as to their whereabouts.
Jenner, who recently announced she was expecting her second child, took to social media to alert fans to her absence before the red carpet began.
Beyonce's Met looks have become the stuff of legend
Blake Lively and her husband Ryan Reynolds were also a no-show
"I’m so sad I couldn’t make it this year," the 24-year-old posted to her Instagram on Monday, adding: "I can't wait to see all the looks."
Sources close to the star told Page Six that she had planned on going to the glitzy event but felt it would be too much for her as she's pregnant.
Celebs' making the journey from their cars to the famous Met steps takes months of meticulous planning as designers plot their custom gowns and moments in front of their paparrazzi down to the smallest detail.
Cardi B, who has just welcomed her second child, was not at the event
Fellow mum Nicki Minaj also explained her Met snub to disappointed fans.
The rap star's arrival has become one of the most eagerly-anticipated in recent years after providing an endless supply of must-see looks.
Nicki took to Twitter to explain that she was skipping this year's bash as guests were required to be double vaccinated.
"They want you to get vaccinated for the Met. if I get vaccinated it won’t [be] for the Met," the Starships singer admitted in a series of tweets.
Nicki added that she will get vaccinated once she "done enough research."
Nicki Minaj said she has yet to be vaccinated against Covid so was not able to attend
Beyonce posted to Instagram while the fashionable event was happening
She began posted about Covid after a fan noted that she hadn't been seen in public in over a year.
"I have an infant with no nannies during COVID. Who mad? Not risking his health to be seen. One yaself," she replied.
Beyonce was also MIA and while she didn't respond directly to heartbroken fans hoping to see her storm New York, the songstress flooded her Instagram with holiday snaps on Monday night to giveaway why she wasn't there.
The Formation singer was pictured on board a luxury yacht with her husband Jay-Z.
While she didn't caption her snaps or giveaway her whereabouts, the getaway comes shortly after Beyonce's 40th birthday.
Lady Gaga opted for a social media blackout during the Met Gala, leaving fans desperate to hear why she hadn't attended.
The Telephone hitmaker has become another favourite of the fashionable event in previous years with her show-stopping looks.
Lady Gaga changed outfits four times at the last Met Gala in 2019
She also swerved the MTV VMA's on Sunday night prompting speculation to go into overdrive.
Speaking to Oprah Winfrey in 2019, Gaga said she no long feels the need to shock people with her outfits.
She explained, "The meat dress, quite frankly, I didn’t think it was going to be as shocking to everyone as it was. But that’s just me. I have a sort of eccentric brain, so for me, I was like, Of course this makes sense.
The fashion icon put on a dramatic display at her last Met Gala, but did not attend in 2021
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"I’m showing up to make a statement about ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell.’ I went to the event with soldiers who were discharged from the army because they were out, or they were found out, and to me, if you’re willing to give up your life for your country, does it matter what your sexual orientation is or what your gender identity is?
"For me, it was like, ‘Flesh is flesh,’ so that was the intention of the meat dress.
"For me, that wasn’t shocking; it was shocking to the world. And I have to say, it was quite recently—after doing A Star Is Born, and working with Bradley Cooper, and my experience even with winning an Oscar—I sort of just went to myself, ‘You have a much greater mission on this earth than to freak the hell out of people. Your mission is to give people a form of love through your art that lifts them up.'"
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