MET GALA 2019

Met Gala 2019: Where Were Rihanna, Beyoncé, and More Celebrities Who Skipped?

There were certainly some notable absences at the 2019 Met Gala.


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While many celebrities of all strata descended upon the Met Gala 2019 red carpet last night, there were at least a few absences of note.

If you, like most individuals, sat at home with bated breath, refreshing your feed for a glimpse of Rihanna—the undisputed queen of last year’s Met Gala and many Met Galas of years prior—to appear on the carpet in her campiest getup, only to be sorely disappointed when she did not show, you were not alone.

And where was she? Well, according to her Instagram Story, she was at home “playing” with makeup.

Still, Rihanna was not the only notable absence. Her former Met Gala co-chair Amal Clooney couldn’t make it this year because it was her husband George’s 58th birthday. Beyoncé did not show (though her sister Solange did, in a snakeskin ensemble that called to mind the yeehaw agenda). Taylor Swift was nowhere to be seen, nor was Madonna, which is surprising considering they both have albums to promote right now, and there’s no better place to push your pop music than at the Met Gala, apparently.

These musicians have tours to prepare for, too, which could be another reason why Swift did not show, and is certainly a reason why the currently touring Ariana Grande was not there. Selena Gomez decided to go to Disneyland instead of the Met.

Another high-profile celebrity who decided to skip, despite having gone through quite the Met Gala style evolution over the years, is Blake Lively. But she already debuted her baby bump for child number three at the Pokémon Detective Pikachu red carpet last week, so maybe she was wiped out from that.

Speaking of babies, members of the royal family sat this one out, too. It’s understandable for them to decline, considering Meghan Markle and Prince Harry welcomed their first child on the very same day as the annual fashion extravaganza. In the past, however, royals have shown up—Princess Diana made an appearance in 1996.

And perhaps two of the most sorely missed were Sarah Jessica Parker, who surely would have done the theme justice, and John Waters, an icon whose work is definitive “camp.”

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Met Gala 2019: See the Outrageous Looks Up Close and Personal

Kim Kardashian on the red carpet at the Met Gala in New York City on Monday, May 6th, 2019. Photograph by Amy Lombard for W Magazine.

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Janelle Monae on the red carpet at the Met Gala in New York City on Monday, May 6th, 2019. Photograph by Amy Lombard for W Magazine.

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Naomi Campbell on the red carpet at the Met Gala in New York City on Monday, May 6th, 2019. Photograph by Amy Lombard for W Magazine.

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Julianne Moore on the red carpet at the Met Gala in New York City on Monday, May 6th, 2019. Photograph by Amy Lombard for W Magazine.

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Gwen Stefani on the red carpet at the Met Gala in New York City on Monday, May 6th, 2019. Photograph by Amy Lombard for W Magazine.

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Bella Hadid on the red carpet at the Met Gala in New York City on Monday, May 6th, 2019. Photograph by Amy Lombard for W Magazine.

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Emma Roberts on the red carpet at the Met Gala in New York City on Monday, May 6th, 2019. Photograph by Amy Lombard for W Magazine.

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Ella Balinska on the red carpet at the Met Gala in New York City on Monday, May 6th, 2019. Photograph by Amy Lombard for W Magazine.

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on the red carpet at the Met Gala in New York City on Monday, May 6th, 2019. Photograph by Amy Lombard for W Magazine.

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Sophie von Haselberg and Bette Midler on the red carpet at the Met Gala in New York City on Monday, May 6th, 2019. Photograph by Amy Lombard for W Magazine.

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Gigi Hadid on the red carpet at the Met Gala in New York City on Monday, May 6th, 2019. Photograph by Amy Lombard for W Magazine.

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Kacey Musgraves on the red carpet at the Met Gala in New York City on Monday, May 6th, 2019. Photograph by Amy Lombard for W Magazine.

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Karen Elson on the red carpet at the Met Gala in New York City on Monday, May 6th, 2019. Photograph by Amy Lombard for W Magazine.

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Katy Perry on the red carpet at the Met Gala in New York City on Monday, May 6th, 2019. Photograph by Amy Lombard for W Magazine.

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Cole Sprouse and Lilie Reinhart on the red carpet at the Met Gala in New York City on Monday, May 6th, 2019. Photograph by Amy Lombard for W Magazine.

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Elle Fanning on the red carpet at the Met Gala in New York City on Monday, May 6th, 2019. Photograph by Amy Lombard for W Magazine.

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On the red carpet at the Met Gala in New York City on Monday, May 6th, 2019. Photograph by Amy Lombard for W Magazine.

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Hari Nef on the red carpet at the Met Gala in New York City on Monday, May 6th, 2019. Photograph by Amy Lombard for W Magazine.

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Lili Reinhart on the red carpet at the Met Gala in New York City on Monday, May 6th, 2019. Photograph by Amy Lombard for W Magazine.

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Michael B. Jordan on the red carpet at the Met Gala in New York City on Monday, May 6th, 2019. Photograph by Amy Lombard for W Magazine.

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Rosie Huntington Whitley on the red carpet at the Met Gala in New York City on Monday, May 6th, 2019. Photograph by Amy Lombard for W Magazine.

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On the red carpet at the Met Gala in New York City on Monday, May 6th, 2019. Photograph by Amy Lombard for W Magazine.

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Miley Cyrus on the red carpet at the Met Gala in New York City on Monday, May 6th, 2019. Photograph by Amy Lombard for W Magazine.

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Shawn Mendes on the red carpet at the Met Gala in New York City on Monday, May 6th, 2019. Photograph by Amy Lombard for W Magazine.

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Shawn Mendes on the red carpet at the Met Gala in New York City on Monday, May 6th, 2019. Photograph by Amy Lombard for W Magazine.

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Jared Leto on the red carpet at the Met Gala in New York City on Monday, May 6th, 2019. Photograph by Amy Lombard for W Magazine.

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On the red carpet at the Met Gala in New York City on Monday, May 6th, 2019. Photograph by Amy Lombard for W Magazine.

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Anja Rubik on the red carpet at the Met Gala in New York City on Monday, May 6th, 2019. Photograph by Amy Lombard for W Magazine.

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Amber Valletta on the red carpet at the Met Gala in New York City on Monday, May 6th, 2019. Photograph by Amy Lombard for W Magazine.

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Cody Fern on the red carpet at the Met Gala in New York City on Monday, May 6th, 2019. Photograph by Amy Lombard for W Magazine.

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