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Beyonce, Rihanna, Taraji P. Henson, Sarah Jessica Parker and Selena Gomez were among a number of Met Gala regulars who opted not to attend the 2019 bash on Monday, May 6, in New York City.

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Power couples George and Amal Clooney (pictured) and Beyonce and Jay-Z also skipped fashion's biggest night of the year.

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Actress Blake Lively chose to sit out the annual event, but for good reason. The Met was held just days after she revealed that she was expecting her third child with husband, actor Ryan Reynolds.

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Actress Taraji P. Henson also had an excuse for skipping the Met. She stayed in California to attend the funeral of her friend John Singleton. The legendary director died last week after suffering a massive stroke.

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But sources say Rihanna and Beyonce, in particular, stayed home because the Met Gala is no longer the hottest ticket in town. Critics say the Met Gala lost some of its prestige after Vogue's Anna Wintour opened the gates to the likes of former adult film star Kim Kardashian and former stripper Cardi B.

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The Bronx rapper drew contempt and outrage when she admitted she drugged and robbed her strip club clients.

  • Elecktra

    I hope they stop attending altogether. Were we even discussing the Met Gala 5 years ago? Now they need black culture to keep it relevant.

  • Alextra Ballard

    GoddT for them

  • Kanyade

    i think it lost prestige when it became a celebrity-event streamed live for the e! network. before, wasn't it fashion folk, museum curators and such, hipsters of new york's art scene and nyc socialites? it's too hollywood. maybe it's best it go back to being the way it was. https://media0.giphy.com/media/dAiV0EIdbBekk98OYN/giphy.gif

  • ALLMINE?

    Kim k looked like she starved herself for a week.

  • Grace Turner

    And they were truly missed because Black people make everything better!

  • T Willis

    Lol I don’t think Kim K has anything to do with it. Kim has been attending since before North was born - and ain’t North like 5-6? Now it may be related to Cardi B, & John S being laid to rest the same week. The fashion wasn’t that great this year. Janelle Monae was the best IMO. And a close 2nd was Emily Ratkowski model chick.

  • Trace da Ace

    damn Aunty...your shade for Cardi is real today....lol

    I think that after a while...the Met Gala is a "been there, done that" thing with folks like Bey and Rhi.....I'm sure they had better things to do with their time.....cause alot of them dresses look hot as hell...and uncomfortable...

  • Yardgirl

    Critics say the Met Gala lost some of its prestige after Vogue's Anna Wintour opened the gates to the likes of former adult film star Kim Kardashian and former stripper Cardi B.
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    Oh the shade!! I do believe there is some truth to it though. This was the hard ticket to get in the past and now I see so many regulars posting their pics on IG like they went to the senior prom!!

  • iWasteTime

    Taraji didn't go because of John Singleton's services.
    She was going to be Vera Wang's plus one but couldn't make it.
    I missed both Rhi and Bey, they always steal the show

  • Shawty

    Cardi's dress looks like it started off as grannies quilt. After the initial walk, how do you sit and be comfortable? Too much!

  • Coy little wink

    I remember when Kim was preggers and had on that sofa print dress and gloves. She still doesn't know how to dress for this event. Kanye looks like a bot..

    I would go just once...steal the show from all these hoes and never go again...

  • RICHIE_RICH

    Auntie cut yo mess KK been going to the for at least the they last 7 years. Oh hunty the shade. A lil razzle dazzle ???. I can’t 3:30 hurry up a bish still tired from this weekend

  • imright

    Cardi came as the blood of Satan

  • imright

    Rih wasnt there eff everyone else ??

  • Vegas1989

    So True!

  • deidre martin

    lmao!

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    Why the hell is Ye dressed like Michael Myers?????

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Somebody said he was dressed like the speed runner from Get Out.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    George Clooney's wife is extremely thin.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Rofl...

  • Clopretty

    I love Cardi but she look like a blood clot. It's a no for me!

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty
  • hottlanta

    Has Steve paid for Marjorie 2 attend the met gala yet.

  • bemetoo

    Out of times Beyoncé went to the met she only look good 1and a half times , while Rihana slayed every time she went Kim slayed more times than not

  • Evillene

    "damn Aunty...your shade for Cardi is real today....lol"

    In this case it is richly deserved. This Cardi creature cannot tumble into irrelevance soon enough for me. Her 15 mins has already felt like 15 years.

  • hi-liter

    Yeah, they letting “anybody” attend these days. When 2 Chainz was there and proposed to his wife I think it was last year, I was like, okay, these people doing to much.

    These things are only exciting for the “new celebrities.”

  • EasyBreezy

    Exactly.

  • Topic Influencer

    Met Gala lost some of its prestige after Vogue's Anna Wintour opened the gates to the likes of former adult film star Kim Kardashian and former stripper Cardi B.
    ^^^^^^
    Didnt Madonna slut ass, who has been on the absolute wrong ass side of the Catholic church for the past 30 years....attend AND perform at last years Met Gala? Where the theme was..."Heavenly Bodies and the Catholic Church"? Asking for a fren named Belcalis-- and hate to say this...a distant distant homegirl named Kim.

    Stop slut shaming. Unless we shaming all of em.

  • Topic Influencer

    Someone on Twitter last night said he just left his warehouse job

  • Tinytoon

    Somebody said that he looked like a chauffeur leaving his midnight chef job.

  • Trace da Ace

    Say that shit again for the folks in the back!!!!! #truth

  • Coy little wink

    Chile...j hoe was up there doing the stanky leg.....shame

  • Not a Housewife & Neither RU

    now for SJP not to attend is a big deal, she goes every year.

  • Mz_Opinionated

    ?? I see no lies.

  • Coy little wink

    It used to be about fashion now it's about celebrity...

  • Yoni7

    Met Gala lost some of its prestige after Vogue's Anna Wintour opened the gates
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    Because Big "You Already Knooooowww" Freedia was on the steps shooting videos with Ciara after they wouldn't let him in.....or that's what it looked like to me. https://media0.giphy.com/media/LpjCiD4GhSHIc/giphy.gif

  • Kanyade

    Now they need black culture to keep it relevant
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  • Topic Influencer

    Either we here for all hoes or none of em. Dont play with me! https://media3.giphy.com/media/4GIvR6cmYs8jC/giphy.gif

  • Renee26

    She probably requested to be in bloody red chile... GANG

  • Topic Influencer

    And it is

  • Renee26

    Lol in his dickie outfit....

  • Renee26

    That's how he's posed too!! ???

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    A lot of people who weren't "confirmed" crashed the gate last night, including Cardi B.

  • Renee26

    Somebody needs to shove a burger down her throat

  • EMILY POST

    Vogue lost its step when it allowed pornostars who copycat their way on the cover... celebrity is dying.. thank goodness
    Hey but if they are going to let talentless whores into the fashion industry on covers cause who they are sleeping with they need to go to Vegas and Miami and just go grab the hottest prostitutes.

  • Renee26

    For real?? ? where is security??

  • Topic Influencer

    Hey but if they are going to let talentless whores into the fashion industry on covers cause who they are sleeping with
    ^^^^
    Melania Trump has a Vogue cover. You just described her

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    I got nothing .... done went to sleep and came back to this same shyt on here .... chile .... taking care https://media3.giphy.com/media/l1IYgr4meHPZaUCAM/giphy.gif

  • che’lint

    They didn't understand what the hell camp ment either. It looked (drag) ballroomish to me.

  • Logan Roberts

    ? *continues to eat meatball sub*

  • missmiami305

    It’s a joke at this point. Rarely is ANYONE of substance in attendance. I mean.....21 Savage was in attendance. Along with Travis, Retardi and a ton of others who haven’t earned the right to be in the same air space as those who skipped the Gala. Anna you’re a joke right now. https://media2.giphy.com/media/DeJ2ifS2V2zlu/giphy.gif

  • missmiami305

    IKR! It’s usually the highlight of her year lol. https://media1.giphy.com/media/N1eKZPdggHGwM/giphy.gif

  • missmiami305

    Cardi’s dress looks like a huge blood clot.

  • MrsSpice1

    Because he is LMAOOOO ?

  • MrsSpice1

    Rhianna and Beyonce are true icons and was like nahh...we not here for the east 1999 met gala foolery bs....they dont attend sht that just “any and everyone” is welcomed too ?? lol it went from alist to a -z list!!! Smh ?

  • http://Bossip.com/ ohplease

    Met Gala is not the same is why. It got all trashy and hood and tacky.

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    ?

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    ?????

  • TheOwley

    Demonic theater.

  • PlayerP

    Ye been lookin like a character on South Park for a while now to me...like a caricature of himself
    https://media2.giphy.com/media/4IGkyfLBUQ6GY/giphy.gif

  • https://play.nylaxy.com/twitch twitch.tv/Nylaxy

    Agreed

  • https://play.nylaxy.com/twitch twitch.tv/Nylaxy

    What does it mean? Tbh I don't get it either

  • PetiteButterScotch

    Cardi B doing the “As above So Below” sign so blatanly irked my soul.

  • Wreckognize Game

    I thought camp was kitschy, whimsical, comical type stuff. Janelle Monet was campy but I didn’t particularly like it.

  • Rent em Spoons ?????????

    Rihanna is overated , can’t sing , can’t dance , doesn’t write music , Salute to Beyonce who does tons on charitable works behind the scenes without the need for press . She married a black man after she obtain success and had kids after obtaining success , she did it the right way .

  • Reenaface

    Kanye looks more like a man from Kim's security team than her actual husband.

  • Reenaface

    Not my fav scene in the movie.???????

  • Reenaface

    Couldn't be me... I would need the freedom to pee.??

  • CaramelDrop

    Lol! I was just thinking he looks like a city bus driver?????

  • https://play.nylaxy.com/twitch twitch.tv/Nylaxy

    Ohhh ok. Thanks. Well from these pics looks like Rihanna was the only one who did it smh. Knowing the theme now the rest of them look stupid af ?????

  • GrapeCrush

    Agreed!!

  • GrapeCrush

    Daaayyyuummm ???

  • LLC

    Dayum...did they all communicate not going through group chat?? lmfaooo

  • Yoni7

    Did they pay?

  • Jordan’s Memory

    Chile please Bey don't write her shitt either she just lie and says she does. Neyo already called her out on that. Both of them are just okay singers, they are more performers than anything. They both can dance and they both donate to charity. The difference is Rhi Rhi has a mind of her own she doesn't do what people like or what's in style at the moment, she doesn't fall for the pressures of success. She make music when she feels like it. She doesn't have the need to constantly be in the spotlight like Bey who craves attention because she is scared people will forget about her. She started out a good girl but she let people get in her ear telling her she needs to shake her boney ass and be half naked on stage for people to continue to like her. She waited until she got married and had kids to start damn near stripping on stage talking bout grinding on wood cussing and all the dumb shitt. Rhi Rhi doesn't have to ever make music again if she doesn't want too because someone will ALWAYS want her face on a product not to mention the successful businesses she has. But Bey will be 90 yrs old still on tour because her music is all she has. As for Rhi Rhi she is living her best life thick and all with no worries. She is not defined by a man like Bee is. She nearly had a damn breakdown when Jay stepped out on her.

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    A lot of people didnt like kim and Kanye's look but i loved it. I like the contrast plus this was the best and the most normal ive seen Kanye look in a very long time. He really looks sexy in that dickie outfit. At least to me he does

  • jujumanji

    And she messes up on the theme every time

  • Kanyade

    i think she may be going through something :(

  • Wreckognize Game

    ?

  • Swtsxy1127

    #this

  • PrettyPetty

    It's definitely lost in prestige. I mean Cardi B? Why? It seemed bland and the most watched folks where the Kardashians? nah

  • exlurker

    But in the fashion industry she is NOT overrated. She is very much an icon that everyone wants her to be their MUSE!! Whatever she wears gets talked about, the real people with money in the industry want her. You don't have to like her but that's a fact. I'm proud that as a Black woman she is doing amazing things and keeping her Brand out there!!!

  • exlurker

    100% agree on Rihanna!!! She is on another level with fashion!! Her make up line is also a genius idea. Look at how many Black women who could have started that and made a success of it in the industry..

  • that_VA_thickchick

    I agree about this new ratchet Beyonce. #BringBackMatthewKnowles

  • that_VA_thickchick

    I saw people posting pics outside of the gala. I'm like so you just have to IG famous to get an invite. Cause I sure hadn't seen them anywhere else.

  • Karen Brady

    To me who looks like a guy who refills the vending machines. Um scuse me sir, how long are you going to be? My break is almost over.

  • Karen Brady

    LOL!

  • Karen Brady

    I saw it

  • Karen Brady

    lol

  • Coy little wink

    Rihanna and Beyonce didn't attend...did you read the write up ?

  • Coy little wink

    She's the hometown IT girl...hello

    Plus she stole the show last year

  • https://play.nylaxy.com/twitch twitch.tv/Nylaxy

    I admit I just looked at the pictures lmao

  • Fiya

    Funny how this statement here means nothing to humanity - "
    The Bronx rapper drew contempt and outrage when she admitted she drugged and robbed her strip club clients". Glad you put that statement there, Sandra. Eye-opener for those who are awake in today's world.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Our morals and values are so low that we aren't shocked by her behavior.

  • Reenaface

    ha ha ha lol!

  • IamAllnatural

    I thought camp meant safari attire.?????

  • Renee26

    Yup...Anorexia