All the Best, Worst & Most WTF Moments from This Year’s Met Gala

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So, last night was the Met Gala. What used to be just an event to celebrate the opening of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s newest exhibition, has become one the biggest night’s in fashion. That means lots of amazing gowns, horrible looks and tons of WTF moments. This year, we put together a list of all three.

 

First, for the night’s best moments:

 

SZA in Versace and Chris Habana head piece and jewelry

 

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For her first Met Gala, SZA paired pastel Versace with BlackBook favorite Chris Habana head wear and jewelry. Literally heavenly.

 

Nicki Minaj in Oscar de la Renta and Tiffany & Co. jewelry

 

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Coming off of her double feature “Chun-Li” and “Barbie Tingz” video premiere last week, we had high hopes for Nicki. Needless to say, she didn’t disappoint. In a red and black Oscar de la Renta gown, the rapper told photographers she interpreted the theme by dressing as “the devil.” If Lucifer looks like this good, consider us Satanist.

 

Rihanna in custom Maison Martin Margiela by John Galliano and Maria Tash and Cartier jewelry

 

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Seriously, bow down. Rihanna’s custom Margiela by John Galliano ‘fit wasn’t just a look — it was a moment. And after last night, Queen Rih has just become The Pope.

 

Kate Bosworth in Oscar de la Renta and Tacori jewelry

 

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I usually find Kate Bosworth pretty boring — and I’m not just talking about her acting. But this Oscar de la Renta look was practically perfect. The gold, white, train and veil combo makes me not want to fight with my boyfriend long enough to actually get married.

 

Cardi B in Moschino

 

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Sorry Bey, there’s a new queen in town and her name is Cardi B. The “Bartier Cardi” singer looked like The Virgin Mary in her Moshino gown and headpiece, baby bump and all.

 

Diane Kruger in Prabal Gurung, Tasaki jewelry and a Philip Treacy x Tasaki headpiece

 

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Diane Kruger gets our vote for best dressed for the night. Her Prabal Gurun gown may not have been totally on-theme, but the entire look was a religious experience.

 

Solange in Iris Van Herpen and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry

 

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Solange’s Iris Van Herpen dress was our other favorite look of the night. The total opposite of Diane Kruger’s sweet blue dress and train, this look was like a sexy bondage Medusa moment that made me a full believer. Okay, that was the last religious pun, I promise.

 

Lily Collins in Givenchy Haute Couture

 

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To be honest, I don’t really know who Lily Collins is. I think she’s a model-turned-actress. But really, aren’t they all? Either way, I don’t really care who she is, because her Givenchy Haute Couture dress and avant-garde makeup were absolutely stunning.

 

Lana Del Rey in Gucci

 

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Jared Leto looked absolutely ridiculous in his overdone Gucci look, but Lana Del Rey pulled her’s off perfectly. Though, that’s partly because she always kind of looks like she’s in costume.

 

Priyanka Chopra in Ralph Lauren

 

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I didn’t see Priyanka Chopra on enough “Best Dressed” lists today. Her velvet Ralph Lauren look gave me serious Joan of Arc vibes — in a good way.

 

And now for the worst. It’s actually kind of sad when celebrities get it this wrong. For one thing, they’re paying stylists a ton of money to fuck them onto the “Worst Dressed List.” But also, you can tell when they’re posing on the red carpet that they think they totally nailed it. Sorry, guys. Better luck next time.

 

Mary J. Blige in Versace

 

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Let me start this by saying I really do love Mary J. Blige. But the girl’s a serious fashion victim. I honestly can’t remember one time I thought she didn’t look ridiculous. I mean, Mary J. loves herself a fedora. And remember the “Family Affair” video? Just tragic. Last night, she tried to amp things up with a Versace gown, but just looked like a kind of sloppy Greek goddess.

 

The Olsen Twins in vintage Paco Rabanne

 

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It honestly baffles me how I spent so many years worshiping the Olsen Twins. I used to seriously — and I mean this in a literal way — take notes during their shows and straight-to-VHS movies, trying to outline how to dress as cool as them. Of course, Mary-Kate spawned the whole bohobo thing, which I readily adopted for a few seconds. But that was like, 2006, and now, the whole oversized thing with way too much jewelry is just kind of depressing.

 

Cara Delevingne in Dior Haute Couture and Bulgari jewelry

 

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We have to forgive Cara Delevingne for this look, because she clearly couldn’t see herself in the mirror with that headdress. The Dior Haute Couture gown looked like a giant fishnet stocking.

 

Madonna in Jean Paul Gaultier

 

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Oh, and about those fishnet stockings — apparently, Madonna also got the memo. The sad part is, this look actually could’ve been good if it weren’t for its entire top half. Though, she gets some points for her crown — it was epic.

Sarah Jessica Parker in Dolce & Gabbana and Jennifer Fischer jewelry

 

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At least no can ever say that Sarah Jessica Parker doesn’t go for it. Out of every celebrity, she always leans fully in to the Met Gala’s theme. Unfortunately, this year, it didn’t do her any favors.

 

But of course, for all the good and bad looks this year, there were also a few WTF moments. I mean, what’s a celebrity event without a nip slip or some self-aggrandizing? I’m looking at you, Jaden.

 

Frances McDormand in Valentino

 

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I actually wanted to like Frances McDormand’s Valentino look, if only for the fact that when a reporter asked her about the religious theme, she replied, “I’m a pagan.” But alas, it wasn’t enough to make up for this trainwreck. I will say, though, if I had to imagine what a pagan high fashion look would be, it wouldn’t be too far from this.

Katy Perry in Versace

 

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I’m not sure if this is a real WTF moment, it’s just bad — and really big.

 

Kim Kardashian in custom Versace and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry

 

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This one’s a WTF for a different reason. See, I actually liked Kim Kardashian’s Versace dress, but I feel like it was kind of understated — at least, for the Kardashian-West clan. With the religious theme and everything, I figured Kimye would show up decked out in t-shirts with their faces screenprinted on them. “No, you’re brilliant Kanye,” “No you are Kim.” Ah, what a love story.

 

Grimes in who cares because she’s dating Elon Musk?

 

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I know. What? Grimes showed up in a sloppy dress and those platform Marc Jacobs shoes we’ve already seen everywhere for like, two seasons. But for someone who prides herself on being weird, the weirdest thing she’s ever done was show up to the Met Gala with Elon Musk, only to reveal that they two are actually dating.

 

Last but not least: Jaden Smith in Louis Vuitton and carrying his own gold record

 

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I really didn’t think Jaden Smith would go this far. Oh wait, yes I did. The singer showed up wearing Louis Vuitton and holding his own gold record. We get it, bro. You’re super smart and way too philosophical for the rest of us pesky humans. But even Kanye isn’t this blatant.

Oh well, at least we have awhile until we have to see what Jaden Smith will wear next year.

 

Madonna To Direct Film About Sierra Leone Orphan-Turned-Ballerina

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Madonna will direct a film about the true story of Michaela DePrince, an orphan from Sierra Leone who went on to become a world-renowned ballerina.

DePrince was three years old when her father was shot and killed in the war torn African nation – her mother died just a week later from sickness and hunger. She was then sent to an orphanage and adopted by Americans – one of 9 children the family adopted – and encouraged to pursue ballet. At age 17 she made her debut in the Joburg Ballet in South Africa, before going on to appear in the documentary First Position, as well as Beyoncé’s Lemonade. She’s now a soloist at the Dutch National Ballet.

With her mother, DePrince wrote and published a memoir in 2014, titled Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina. The Taking Flight film will be adapted by Camilla Blackett (The Newsroom) and will be Madonna’s third film in the director’s chair. She’s previously helmed the 2008 comedy Filth and Wisdom and the 2011 film W.E. 

She’s also currently co-writing and will direct The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells, from the novel of the same name, and produced and wrote the documentary about Malawi orphans, I Am Because We Are.

“Michaela’s journey resonated with me deeply as both an artist and an activist who understands adversity,” said Madonna in Deadline‘s report. “We have a unique opportunity to shed light on Sierra Leone and let Michaela be the voice for all the orphaned children she grew up beside. I am honored to bring her story to life.”

Madonna’s ‘La Isla Bonita’ Was Written For Michael Jackson

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Madonna’s classic 1986 song “La Isla Bonita” was originally written to be sung by Michael Jackson, according to an interview with songwriter Patrick Leonard in Boy Culture

“After the Victory Tour, I was still in touch with Michael [Jackson] and Quincy [Jones] and doing some work with them and Quincy called me and said, ‘I want to do something sort of Sade-like for Michael — would you write something?’ and so I wrote that song and sent it to him with some form of a vocal on it and the phrase ‘la isla bonita,’” he explained. “He called up and said, ‘Ah, I just don’t think it’s for Michael.’ Madonna and I were getting together, so I showed it to her and she said, ‘Oh, I like this, let’s work on it.’”

Naturally, the song evolved in a big way from it’s original draft. Leonard continues:

“So we sat and changed, you know, whatever we changed and she changed lyrics and we reconstructed it. It’s a good song, for sure. I don’t know why she would return to that one more than others, to be honest. But I like it.”

Leonard will make a rare public appearance performing next month at Joe’s Pub in NYC, tickets for which are available here. During his heyday, Leonard wrote many of Madonna’s most iconic songs, including “Like A Prayer” and “Cherish.”

 

 

Madonna Seeks Legal Help to Halt Auction of Her Panties and Tupac Letter

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Madonna sought an emergency court order after learning her used panties and a letter from her former boyfriend, Tupac, were up for auction via Gotta Have It! Collectibles.

A New York state Supreme Court judge acquiesced, halting the impending auction of the goods, which Madonna was “shocked to learn” were being sold, according to Billboard. She added that the sale is “outrageous and grossly offensive,” and that she hadn’t even known the items were no longer in her possession. The pieces were apparently brought to auction by a “former friend,” again according to Billboard.

The letter in question is one that recently surfaced, and something Tupac wrote to Madonna in prison, where he explained that his reason for breaking up with her was because she was white.

“For you to be seen with a black man wouldn’t in any way jeopardize your career,” he wrote. “If anything it would make you seem that much more open and exciting. But for me at least in my previous perception I felt due to my ‘image’ I would be letting down half of the people who made me what I thought I was. I never meant to hurt you.” The auction house is expected to take action to try and continue with sale of the goods, according to the New York Post.

Lady Gaga to Give PTSD Interview with Piers Morgan Following Twitter Skepticism

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Piers Morgan recently took to Twitter criticizing Lady Gaga and Madonna’s claims of rape in their past, questioning Madonna’s Billboard Women in Music Speech and Gaga’s interview on Today. Morgan stated that their claims should be taken with a “pinch of PR salt.”

This morning, Mother Monster fired back, defending the fact she has been raped and as a result suffers from Post Tramautic Stress Disorder (PTSD). When Morgan remained skeptical, Gaga agreed to sit down for an interview to discuss the matter:

Below, watch Madonna’s full Billboard speech, in which she explains that she was raped at knifepoint:

This 1990 Madonna Interview About Censorship is Still Incredibly Relevant Today

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Around this time 25 years ago, Madonna’s racy “Justify My Love” music video was banned from MTV for being too sexually explicit. The network’s conservative decision was a response to the clip’s subject matter—a slyly pornographic narrative paired with Madonna’s erotic whispery vocals, delivering that irresistible chorus, “Wanting, needing, waiting, for you to justify my love.”

In the heat of this controversy, Madonna appeared on ABC News Nightline to discuss why she felt the decision was wrong, bringing to light a number of important issues that are still problematic in contemporary culture. First, the interviewer addresses the nudity that pervades Madonna’s music video, to which the singer rebuttals by explaining the value of honest artistic expression. “I’m just dealing with the truth here,” she says, reiterating the reality that sexuality is an important part of human nature.

MTVqualms with a woman’s nipple in 1990 echoes Instagram’s censorship policy today, which greatly hinders the possibilities of creative freedom by actively oppressing the female form. Before the Internet became as widely used as it is today, television was the greatest enemy in terms of censorship—a medium that favored violence over the human form. Some 25 years later, this is still the cultural norm, and one that Madonna’s work has always thankfully challenged.

When asked if MTV should have a designated time for “adult content,” the singer delivered a brilliantly spot-on rant that still feels socially relevant today. “I think MTV should have their violence hour and I think they should have their degradation to women hour,” she said, sarcastically. “If we’re going to have censorship, let’s not be hypocrites about it. Let’s not have double standards. We already have these videos that display degradation to women and violence that are played 24 hours a day, but yet they don’t want a video playing that deals with sex between two consenting adults.”

Mic drop.

 

Stop Trying to Make Tidal Happen. It’s Not Gonna Happen: Madonna Holds Out Hope for Doomed Streaming Service

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Just stop, Madonna. The “Ghosttown” singer and co-owner of lame music streaming service Tidal (along with Jay-Z and Beyoncé) is still holding out hope that it will become a thing. Spoiler alert: it won’t.

“It’s just the beginning, so we’re working out a lot of kinks and hopefully we’re going to build something unique and amazing that’s going to attract a lot of people,” she said in a recent interview. 

What will be unique and amazing about Tidal? It boasts higher quality, but really the only thing unique about it is its price point, which is higher than its competitors. Offers of a family plan and student discounts aren’t doing much to save Tidal, whose over 900,000 followers are likely just riding out a free trial before they hop back to Spotify.

She continued defending Tidal (and tried to shut down haters who say this is just about making rich musicians richer) by saying,

“It’s important that people understand we didn’t create Tidal, we didn’t put this together, we didn’t all join forces because we’re broke and we want more money. The idea is we want to support other artists and we want people to understand this is our heart, this is our work, and we want people to recognize that and we want other artists to have a chance.”

LOL. Even other artists have disparaged Tidal as merely another means of making more money for the big artists who own it, not the indie bands who can’t catch a break.

Aside from Madonna and Jay-Z’s bank accounts, money’s still a problem for the service. It was reported last month in Bloomberg that Tidal may be having problems finding the cash to pay its requested royalties, which means it could lose catalogues of some big-draw artists like co-owner Beyoncé. And then, Tidal will really be up shit’s creek without a paddle.

From Her Dress to HER After-Party, Rihanna Won the Met Ball

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As though that yellow Guo Pei dress (a near unanimous, if equally-as-meme’d favorite) wasn’t enough to make it clear that Rihanna was the belle of last night’s ball, once the scene migrated from the Met, many headed to RiRi’s very own after party. A-List guests went downtown to Up & Down where RiRi further secured her title as winner of the night. (Not including Anna Wintour). 

The party was presented by D’USSE and Armand de Brignac. Guests included Chloë Sevigny, Gabrielle Union, Dwyane Wade, Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, Elizabeth Banks, Diddy, Miley, Chrissy Teigen, John Legend, Elizabeth Banks, Keri Russell, Jessica Alba, Usher, Janelle Monae, Jeremy Scott, Hailee Steinfeld, Madonna, Kendall Jenner, and Justin Bieber.

Rihanna's Private Met Gala After Party At Up & Down Presented By D'USSEChloë Sevigny. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty

Rihanna's Private Met Gala After Party At Up & Down Presented By D'USSEGabrielle Union & Dwyane Wade. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty

Rihanna's Private Met Gala After Party At Up & Down Presented By D'USSEMiley & Diddy. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty

Rihanna's Private Met Gala After Party At Up & Down Presented By D'USSEJessica Alba. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty

Rihanna's Private Met Gala After Party At Up & Down Presented By D'USSEVanessa Hudgens & Selena Gomez. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty

Rihanna's Private Met Gala After Party At Up & Down Presented By D'USSEUsher. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty

Rihanna's Private Met Gala After Party At Up & Down Presented By D'USSEJeremy Scott and Janelle Monae. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty

Rihanna's Private Met Gala After Party At Up & Down Presented By D'USSE#Posse. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty

Rihanna's Private Met Gala After Party At Up & Down Presented By D'USSESolange Knowles & Alan Ferguson. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty

Rihanna's Private Met Gala After Party At Up & Down Presented By D'USSEMadonna. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty

Rihanna's Private Met Gala After Party At Up & Down Presented By D'USSEChrissy Teigen & John Legend. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty

Rihanna's Private Met Gala After Party At Up & Down Presented By D'USSEKeri Russell & Elizabeth Banks. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty

Rihanna's Private Met Gala After Party At Up & Down Presented By D'USSEHailee Steinfeld. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty

 

Eight Moments You Have to See from Last Night’s Grammy’s

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Kanye Kanye’d and all the other moments to shortcut your way through last night’s Grammy’s–or just relive the memories if you’re into that.

 Sam Smith Wins ‘Best Pop Vocal Album’

Katy Perry looked genuinely happy for him, in spite of her loss, and Smith’s speech focused on how the tides turned when he decided to just be himself.

Beyoncé Performs “Take My Hand, Precious Lord”

Looking like an actual angel.

Kanye Pulls a Kanye

It could have been worse…

Sia Performs…with Kristen Wiig 

Little Maddie Ziegler was dancing too. Those Anna Wintour-esque wigs must be stacking up somewhere.

Madonna Performs “Living for Love”

Surrounded by a swarm of horned dancers

AC/DC Opened the Grammy’s

The Grammy’s are so vintage.

Riri, Kanye, and Paul McCartney Play “FourFiveSeconds”

Besties Kanye and Paul McCartney were joined by Rihanna to perform their co-written single for her next album. The trio wore variations on suits and Riri added chunks of diamonds.

Prince Makes the Statement of the Night in an Orange Ensemble

“Albums — remember those? Albums still matter. Albums, like books and black lives, still matter.”