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.

 

Nicki Minaj Promises Her New Album Title is ‘Super, Super Iconic’

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In a new profile in T, The New York Times Style MagazineNicki Minaj dropped a few clues about her hush-hush upcoming fourth studio album.

For starters, she revealed, the title of the record is going to be “super, super iconic.” And, “Sonically, I know what the album’s about to sound like. I know what this album is gonna mean to my fans. This album is everything in my life coming full circle and me being truly, genuinely happy. It feels almost like a celebration.”

Minaj’s last album, The Pinkprint, gave us such megahits as “Anaconda,” “Feeling Myself,” and “Only,” and went double platinum.

“The last album was almost like my diary,” she continued. “Closing the chapter on certain things and not knowing if I was happy or sad about beginning new chapters. I was really writing about feeling unsure. Now, I can tell you guys what happened for the last two years of my life. I know who I am. I am getting Nicki Minaj figured out with this album and I’m loving her.”

While there’s as yet no release date, more from Minaj is assuredly on the way. And while you wait, it wouldn’t hurt to revisit this little number.

 

DNCE & Nicki Minaj Team Up on New Single, ‘Kissing Strangers’

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We’d be hard pressed to come up with a collab between contemporary pop makers we’re more excited for than this: DNCE and Nicki Minaj have hit the studio together, reportedly for a song called “Kissing Strangers.” And it’s due out this Friday.

The single could signal an upcoming re-release of DNCE’s debut self-titled album, or, dare we suggest it, an entirely new LP? “Kissing Strangers” also marks another in a swarm of projects Minaj has been tied to as of late, including three new singles of her own: “No Frauds,” “Revenge in Your Tears” and “Changed It,” as well as features on songs with Jason Derulo, David Guetta, Gucci Mane and Major Lazer.

In an Instagram announcement, we get a brief preview of the funky collaboration:

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We’re very much digging the seventies vibes of the gang, and also the steaminess of this photo between Nicki and Joe, proving Justin Bieber isn’t the only Disney boy Miss Minaj has her eye on:

Roughed him up a lil bit on the set of the video. He’ll live @joejonas #KissingStrangers 4/14 @dnce

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Nicki Minaj Breaks Record to Become Female Artist With Most Billboard Hot 100 Hits in History

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Nicki Minaj beat out Aretha Franklin to take over the title of most Hot 100-charting songs for a female artist in Billboard history. Franklin previously held the record with 73 Hot 100 songs, and has had the title since 1977. But after dropping her trio of new tracks, “No Frauds,” “Regret In Your Tears,” and “Changed It,” Minaj sits atop the throne with a whopping 76.

Of all acts in music history, the one with the most Billboard Hot 100 hits is the cast of Glee, with 205. Minaj now sits 9th overall, behind her frequent collaborators Lil Wayne, with 135, and Drake, with 133.

Nicki took to Instagram after learning of the new to offer some truly iconic content:

When u find out u just became the only woman in the history of billboard to have 76 Hot 100 billboard entries.

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Nicki Minaj Responds to Haters, Drops Three New Singles

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Following disses from Remy Ma and rumors of a retaliation track, we’re delightfully surprised to announce that the reigning Queen of Rap has at last broken her radio silence, dropping a whopping 3 singles last night at the stroke of midnight.

The three new songs: “Regret in Your Tears;” “Changed It,” featuring Lil Wayne; and “No Frauds,” featuring Drake and Lil Wayne, which shoots back at Remy Ma’s inflammatory previous lyrics.

The three new tracks, featuring all-new artwork, could be the signal of some of the best news so far of 2017: a potential new full-length Nicki album.

The songs are now streaming on Apple Music, Tidal, and Spotify – take a listen below:

Nicki Minaj Does New Collab with Major Lazer (Listen)

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Nicki Minaj, Partynextdoor, and Major Lazer have released a new banger today, one of the few glimmering beacons of hope in these dark, dark times. The single, titled “Run Up,” has been teased for weeks, and certainly lives up to the hype, giving us seriously happy, slightly beachy vibes. Take a listen below.

“Run Up” is likely to be included on Major Lazer’s forthcoming fourth studio album, Music is the Weapon. To Zane Lowe on Beats 1 last summer, Diplo said of the album: “Definitely we have Usher on it. MØ’s back on songs. We have a song with Sam Hunt which is very unusual, but I love him. Travis Scott. I don’t even know; I have to go back…Sia is on a couple ideas, but one of the records might be her record. She’s definitely background vocals on a song.”

While we await more magic from Major Lazer, we’ll have to be content for now with Nicki’s “Run Up” verse to tide us over – and her verse in “Monster” on repeat:

Missy Elliott Shades Nicki Minaj With a Slick ‘Misdemeanor’ Bite

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“Where they from?” hip-hop royalty Missy Elliott interrogates in her Pharrell-produced comeback single, “WTF,” calling out all the names that comfortably rose to fame in her absence. It’s a fair question to ask, coming from the woman who delivered iconic cuts like 2002’s “Work It” and 2005’s “Lose Control”—two tracks that helped unite the once disparate worlds of hip-hop and pop, making it easier for someone like Nicki Minaj to break into Top 40.

In a new interview with Billboard, Elliott fuels the blazing fire first sparked by “WTF” when rap contemporary Minaj is brought up in conversation:

When asked about Nicki Minaj, who is clearly influenced by Elliott, she mock-innocently replies, “Oh, she is?” (Speaking to her influence generally, she adds, “Unfortunately, breaking news, there is only one Missy.”)

Though this was a sly diss true to Misdemeanor’s signature nonchalance, Elliott has given praise to the emcee in past interviews, previously telling New York Magazine that “Nicki makes rapping fun again.” In Billboard, she also reflects on when she was coming up in the industry, acknowledging all the female MCs that were dominating the scene: Lil’ Kim, Lauryn Hill, Eve, Foxy Brown and Trina. “There’s room for so many, she said. “It’s important.” Watch “WTF (Where They From),” below:

 

Azealia Banks Throws Shade At Madame Tussauds’ Racist Nicki Minaj Wax Figure

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Nicki Minaj is the latest in a long line of celebs to get the wax treatment (Tussauds, not Brazilian) and though it’s regarded as an honor much like a walk of fame star, not everyone is happy about how she was depicted. Responding to the fact that Nicki Minaj’s wax figure presents her in a submissive and sexualized position, Azealia Banks tweeted:

Banks is bringing attention to the racist undertones of Minaj’s wax figure. As PAPERMAG points out, the position of the wax figure represents to submission and deference. Banks is rightfully frustrated with the museum’s perception of a successful black woman, pointing out the hypocrisy when they’ve depicted white people:

Banks’ tweets may surprise some as she doesn’t have the strongest track record of supporting Minaj. Earlier this year, she had a fit about how the “Anaconda” singer got too many BET Award nominations, leaving other artists, including herself, empty handed. But Banks is showing her values supporting strong black women are a priority over any silly awards beef. Her recent tweets are not the first time she spoke out about race issues in America. The “212” singer previously spoke out on Hot 97 about how T.I. is facilitating Iggy Azealia’s cultural appropriation. We must say, we love a musician who makes us think, even if it means keeping up with their Twitter feuds. Check out the wax figure and judge for yourself:

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Bare Butts, Major Sparkles, and the Prettiest Princess Gown: The Top 10 Fashion Moments of the 2015 Grammys

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RIHANNA
No one else came even close. Hands down, Rih wins best dressed. In a sea of kinda quirky, a little cute, and mostly meh, Rihanna’s gorgeous confection of an empire-waisted Giambattista Valli Haute Couture extravaganza dress is so refreshing, so perfect, and I can only ever see this on Rihanna now. She owns this. Pure magic. Bravo to Rih’s stylist Mel Ottenberg— AS

 

BEYONCÉ
Bow down! Actually, I’m not sure I love this look on Bey. The hair’s a little too long (a little flyover state) for me… and while I definitely appreciate Yoncé’s support of American designers on the red carpet (custom Proenza Schouler, what what!) I can’t help but feel like Bey’s giving us all a little Mimi. That fabulous hourglass, that forced smile, the stiff pose… it all reads like Mariah Carey. Who I love. But still. — AS

 

KATY PERRY
I think we can all agree that we know that Katy Perry looks good naked. This Zuhair Murad isn’t leaving much to the imagination. But we hear no one complaining. Also the hair… cute! — AS

 

NICKI MINAJ
Nicki wore Tom Ford, and the full look was really just dripping with the essence of a highly polished stripper. Sorry, girl. Maybe it was the gelled hair? The couldn’t-be-strapped-tigher cleavage? Abundant excess of side boob? The shredded lengths of the dress? Hmm. Hmmmm… –AS

 

HAIM
Major props to these sisters for getting low-key/high-style just right on the red carpet. Este in Chloe, and Danielle and Alana, both in Stella McCartney looked like the girl everyone always wants to be who just always has the right amazing, understated outfit, and looks effortlessly cool on a Wednesday. No shenanigans needed. While all three looks were gold, Danielle’s pale pink suit and distinctive middle part were the most eye-catching moment. — SSF

 

RITA ORA
I knew I liked this gown as soon as I saw it. The red carpet is what glittery gowns that look like disco balls were made for (as for the rest of us…sigh) and this one is a classic with perfect modern twists. The mockneck caught my eye immediately. Then, I found it it was Prada and it all made sense. Once a Miuccia girl, always a Miuccia girl. — SSF

 

CIARA
They say that fashion (and what works/does not) is all about attitude, and this look is one reason why. Sure, some of the twitterati were making loofah comparisons, but Ciara carried her shower-accessory inspired Alexandre Vauthier couture gown with the confidence of a badass betch. The cinched waist gave it some shape. If I were to make a comparison, it would be to a Black Swan costume, but in my mind, that is never a bad thing. — SSF

 

MADONNA
Oy vey. Aside from looking like Dolce & Gabbana of yesteryear, this is also an example of cleavage gone wrong! It’s always confusing when custom (Givenchy, in this case) is ill-fitting. Echem, and earlier on the red carpet, Madge flashed her fishnet-clad tush, reminding everyone that she might be 56 — but she’s a cool mom. — SSF

 

GWEN STEFANI
So elegant in that Atelier Versace, Gwenny! The nude lip is a nice departure for the singer, whose signature red lip was missing tonight. I think this lets her beautiful face, immaculate hair, and sexy-sophisticate Versace shine through. — AS

TAYLOR SWIFT
Karlie? Taylor? Who even is this anymore? It seems that Karlie Kloss and Swift are more than just besties, but rather, Kloss’s runway style savvy is serving as Taylor’s red carpet muse. The more time those two spend together, the more they seem to look alike. Taylor’s turquoise Elie Saab gown and purple heels are perfect for her pop-y rebranding. Dress = cute! The matching blond lobs = weird. — SSF