The first Monday in May is here, and we want you by our side to relive every moment of what was, hands down, the campiest red carpet event of the year, as the stars -- including Lady Gaga, Cardi B, Serena Williams and Priyanka Chopra Jonas -- arrived at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in their chicest, most glamorous, most over-the-top outrageous interpretations of "Camp: Notes on Fashion."
Below, our minute-by-minute dispatches from the 2019 Met Gala:
So, Who Was This Year's Queen of the Met?
If a Met Gala happens and Rihanna isn't in attendance, did the Met Gala ever really happen at all? The pink carpet officially closed without a surprise RiRi appearance, which is criminal -- for camp, of all the years she had to miss! -- and the Met Gala should have been canceled when she didn't RSVP. Anyway, that means the title of Queen of the Met is officially up for grabs. So, who should be crowned? Gaga? Cardi? Kacey? Zendaya?
Lizzo Is 100% That B***h at the Met
The songstress, twerker and flutist made her Met Gala debut and looked "Good as Hell," arriving with Kate Moss, Rita Ora and designer Marc Jacobs. She wore a pink-and-white ensemble that featured plenty of feathers, sheer paneling and, of course, a matching bright pink wig. Social media, meanwhile, was left gagging, comparing Lizzo's look to everything from "a Flamingo Queen" to "a Hot Strawberry Shortcake" to a "Peppermint Candy Snack." — DM
Zendaya Is the Actual Belle of the Ball
OK, we are SO in love with this look! From her gown to her choker to her chic blonde updo, the actress channeled Disney's Cinderella perfectly. Even her handbag was on point: Z carried a purse that was bedazzled to look like the carriage from the animated film. We can thank her fairy Godfather (aka stylist Law Roach) for this epic outfit. — DM
Ezra Miller Brings the Nightmares
The eccentric and wonderfully eclectic actor can always be counted on to bring his A-game. For this Met Gala, however, it seems like he heard the theme was "camp" and somehow thought that meant "skin-crawling surrealist horror." If that was his intention, you can't deny he nailed it.
Miller, decked out in a bejeweled, pinstripe suit and Bette Davis-esque wig, covered his face in beautifully painted and deeply unsettling eyes, and the creepiness factor was only elevated by the disturbing human-face mask he carried in his hand with delicate grace. — ZS
Nicki Minaj Goes Full "Barbie Dreams" Chic
Nicki the Barbie is here. The rapper opted for head-to-toe powder pink, styling her mini dress with ribbon stilettos that laced all the way up to her knees. She topped off the look with cotton candy pink hair, pulled back into a tight ponytail. Surprisingly, her ensemble was a bit underwhelming for us. We were expecting a more outrageous look from the usually over-the-top dressed star. — DM
Cardi B Is More Than Just Okurrr in Another Perfect Met Look
The rapper certainly didn't hold back, stepping out in a crimson dress that featured feathers and a massive train that had to be held up by an entire team of male assistants as she made her way up the famous Met stairs. Cardi's team cleared the entire stairway to give her a moment to really show off the gown, which she paired with a bedazzled cap and sexy cherry lip. — DM
Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez Have a New York Minute
Almost two months after getting engaged, J.Lo and A.Rod made their triumphant return to the Met Gala, where the diva stunned in a silver fringe gown with matching silver, glittery wig that made her look like a flapper from the roaring '20s.
"It's very exciting. And right down the street from Yankee Stadium!" the former New York Yankee, who donned a blush pink tux, told ET of returning to the gala with his bride-to-be. "We're so lucky to be a part of this night." — ZS
Cara Delevingne is a Rainbow Warrior Woman
Delevingne looked fierce and prismatic in a bold, sheer mini-dress, covered in bright, multi-colored stripes that continued down her legs. The actress, who wore silver, glittery undergarments beneath the see-through top, incorporated colored stripes in her make-up choices as well, with a thick, bold line of orange that ran across her cheeks and the bridge of her nose like a futuristic warrior woman.
Honestly, her trippy, next-century Met Gala look wouldn't have been remotely out of place in her sci-fi epic Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets -- or a Barbarella remake. — ZS
Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas Make First Red Carpet Appearance as Newlyweds
Marriage looks good on these two. After secretly tying the knot in Las Vegas last week, Turner and Jonas made their first red carpet appearance as newlyweds at the Met. The lovebirds wore coordinating ensembles, featuring black, red, blue and green sequins, arriving just a few moments after Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra. — DM
Kim and Kanye's Camp Is Surprisingly Low-Key
Considering how wild Kim has gone with some of her red carpet fashions, you'd think she'd embrace this year's "camp" theme to blow everyone away with something truly wild and unexpected.
However, Kim decided to go the opposite route, rocking a low-cut, body-hugging copper dress with a (shockingly!) sinched waist that showed off her insane hips. Kanye, meanwhile, apparently found out he was going to the Met Gala on the way over and said, "Eh, this Dickies jacket and matching pants are fine. I'll fit right in." — ZS
RuPaul Proves Why He's the King of Camp
"This is right up my alley," a de-dragged RuPaul exclaimed while speaking to ET. The Drag Race host gave his fellow attendees a lesson in camp, showing off a perfect interpretation of the theme in a sequined and striped blazer paired with a black bow tie. Can you believe this is his only his FIRST time attending?
As for any Drag Race spoilers Ru was willing to let slip, he only laughed. "Every year we have Drag Race and there's one winner: Me!" — DM
Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Nick Jonas Return to the Met Gala as a Married Couple
Back in 2017, everyone was wondering if these two were a real-life couple after they mysteriously posed together on the Met Gala red carpet, both in Ralph Lauren. Flash forward to this year's ball, and the lovebirds are officially married and serving on the committee.
Mrs. Jonas wowed in a cape and gown, paired with a massive crown and dramatic, theatrical makeup that looked like something out of a Tim Burton movie. Her husband complemented her look perfectly, wearing a classic white suit with a pinch of silver glitter, silver earrings and light eyeliner. — DM
Kylie and Kendall Jenner Embody Sisters Slay
The sisters dressed to impress Monday night, both wowing in their own ways. Kylie gave off mermaid vibes in a glitzy lavender gown with a matching purple wig, while Kendall went with a bright orange dress featuring a plunging neckline. Both accessorized with plenty of feathers, a popular material on tonight's camp-themed carpet. — DM
Halsey Is the Disney Princess of Our Dreams
The songstress and famed wig enthusiast donned long locks and a satiny red, midriff-baring ensemble that she paired with gold earrings, arm guards and bangles. The whole number looked almost uncannily like Princess Jasmine's red ensemble from Aladdin. "I feel like Wonder Woman," she told ET, revealing her ensemble includes pockets for her cell phone. "Because I can't stay off of Twitter." — ZS
Katy Perry Ditches Fireworks, Lights Up as a Chandelier Instead
Now THIS is Camp. Take notes, people.
Leave it up to Perry to go all out for the night, showing up to the gala as a walking chandelier. Designer Jeremy Scott teased the look over the weekend, telling Page Six, "Frankly, there probably isn’t a performer in pop history that’s used camp and humor more than she has. I have guesses at what people expect from us, but I’m trying to outdo those expectations. It’s going to be an eleganza extravaganza.“ — DM
Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart Continue to Be #CoupleGoals
The real-life Riverdale couple walked the Met carpet together, with Sprouse camping up his red vested look with a flurry of emblazoned flowers. Reinhart, meanwhile, opted for a powder blue, off-the-shoulder mini-dress and went full Marie Antoinette with her dramatic makeup and a voluminous updo. Let them eat cake. — DM
Mrs. Bieber's First Met
Hailey Baldwin is a Met Gala vet, but this marks her first time back since marrying Justin Bieber. And the model nearly blended in with the pink carpet, donning a skin-tight, backless Alexander Wang dress that flared out in a long train and a high ponytail with a black bow. (One accessory she seemed to leave at home was Bieber himself, who didn't turn out to celebrate fashion's biggest night.) — ZS
Eye Spy With My Little Eye: Janelle Monae
Camp called, and wanted to let Monae know her entire look is on-point. The songstress-slash-actress didn't hold back, absolutely nailing the theme and turning heads in this artsy get-up with a fully-functioning winking eye. "It's magic," Monae told ET of her surreal, Picasso-inspired Christian Siriano gown. "Camp is in my DNA. It's a perfect theme."
Twitter spectators are already singling the outfit out as a favorite and calling for her to land a spot on our "Best Dressed" list. (Spoiler alert, she's definitely on it.) — DM
All That Glitters Is Emily Blunt
The Mary Poppins Returns star stole the spotlight on the pink carpet in an eye-catching gold gown that made her shine like a queen. Blunt's epic ensemble featured metallic golden floral embellishments and a matching headdress of gold flowers that truly elevated her regal raiment to the next level. — ZS
Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth Go Subtle (But Still Steal the Show)
Letting his wife shine, Hemsworth kept his outfit simple, sporting a classic black suit. Cyrus, meanwhile, wowed in a strapless black-and-green sequined dress with polka-dot sheer tights. She completed the look with chic bangs and silver teardrop earrings. While we definitely loved the look, it was a bit underwhelming for the over-the-top "camp theme." If anyone was going to go all out, it should have been Miley! — DM
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen Are (Literally) Twinning at the Met
The Olsen twins have arrived, which means the Met Gala is officially in full-swing. We cannot get enough of their matching leather ensembles and effortless waves. "We’re going to surprise everyone," Mary-Kate teased, while speaking with The Hollywood Reporter last week.
"We always do our own thing anyway," added Ashley. — DM
Patrick Schwarzenegger Is Ready to Have an Avenger in the Family
The actor turned up rocking cowboy couture with a too-small ten-gallon hat and spoke with ET about whether sister Katherine would approve of him wearing boots and jeans to her wedding. "You know me, man. I wear cowboy everywhere," he said. "She would love it, are you kidding me? My dad would love it too."
As for having an Avenger for a brother-in-law, Patrick joked of Chris Pratt, "I hope he protects me at all costs." — ZS
Kacey Musgraves Is a Moschino Barbie
After endlessly teasing her look via Instagram Stories, the country music star finally unveiled her gala glam and needless to say, it was worth the wait. Musgraves, who arrived seated on the back of a pink convertible, went full-on Moschino Barbie, chic in a bright pink suit, matching sunnies, a wavy blonde wig and silver stilettos. Tonight, the entire Met is her Dream House.
"He's unveiling an actual Met Barbie today and he asked me if I wanted to be the life-sized version of her. Of course, it's a year!" Musgraves said of designer Jeremy Scott. As for her purse? It's an actual blow dryer. — DM
"Pimperella" Tiffany Haddish Meets a Blonde Kris Jenner
Haddish pulled out all the stops with her look, interpreting the "camp" theme with a zebra-print Michael Kors suit paired with a black hat. "I feel like Pimperella!" she exclaimed to ET.
As Haddish was leaving the interview, she bumped into none other than Kris Jenner. "She ready!" Haddish called to the Kardashian matriarch. Of her own ensemble, Jenner revealed it was daughter Kylie Jenner who decided last-minute that she would be blonde for the night to match her Tommy Hilfiger ensemble. — DM
Before she hit the red carpet in her bold, shoulder-baring gold gown, the super model took to Twitter to reveal she had a minor wardrobe malfunction before making her grand entrance. "I feel like I'm having an operation over here," Kloss says in the clip, as someone on her team furiously stitched up her stunning golden gown. "My dress ripped, and we're just doing a last minute fix before I hit the red carpet."
"Wouldn’t be the #MetGala without a little getting-sewn-into-my-dress-downstairs action," Kloss captioned the post. — ZS
Jared Leto Loses His Head for Gucci
Who could ever forget Gucci's Fall/Winter 2018 collection fashion show? Creative director Alessandro Michele took things to a whole new level when he had models walk the runway with seriously strange accessories, like baby dragons and decapitated heads. Jared Leto channeled the fashion show for the Met red carpet, wearing a bright red dress and bringing along his own "head." "Gucci, Gucci, Gucci. Gucci head. Head by Gucci!" Leto told ET, even passing over the head for Keltie Knight to hold.
"I can't tell who's hotter!" Knight joked.
"Oh, thank you very much. I appreciate that," Leto blushed. — DM
Ryan Murphy Gets Gwyneth Paltrow's Seal of Approval
"It's a tribute to Liberace and it weighs over 100 pounds," the American Horror Story maestro told ET of his pearled and sequined Christian Siriano number. And Murphy doesn't need your Best Dressed stamp of approval, because he's already got the only one that matters: Gwyneth Paltrow. "I sent her a picture of my outfit and she wrote, 'No!' So, I wrote back, 'Does that mean good?' and she said, 'Yes! Great!'" — John Boone
Drag Queens Are Taking Over the World
Aquaria, who took home the crown during season 10 of RuPaul's Drag Race, made history as one of the first drag queens to stomp the steps of the Met. When asked by ET what it meant to be invited by Anna Wintour and acknowledged as a fashionista, she gushed, "I mean, it definitely feels just as fabulous as it seems. It's such an honor...To be here right now is really insane. But anywhere to stunt a look and turn the party, I'm so down." — John Boone
Does Mindy Kaling Have More Fun?
Now this is how you make a statement. Kaling dazzled in a golden gown accessorized with matching heels and a giant statement ring. But all eyes were on her new, platinum blonde 'do.
As she stepped onto the carpet, many fans joked on Twitter about unbelievable it was that anyone would allow her into the Met, following the epic heist her character helped pull off in Ocean's Eight. Others thought she could even be channeling the dress her character wore in the film. — DM
Mrs. Maisel's Marvelous First Met
Wearing the color of the night, Rachel Brosnahan stepped out in a bright pink sheer Erdem dress that featured black bows and red flowers. (The dress came about from a transatlantic collaboration, the designer revealed.)
"It's so incredible to be here," she gushed, laughing that she wasn't overwhelmed to attend her first gala. "I'm just excited to see what everyone else is wearing." — DM
Celine Dion Goes Full Showgirl to Mark a New 'Beginning'
Dion never fails to impress, but this legendary ensemble is one that will go down in history. The singer paid homage to her new "beginning" as an artist, wearing a showgirl-esque outfit complete with a massive headpiece, seemingly symbolizing her goodbye to her longtime Las Vegas residency.
"I am very proud to be here. This is Oscar de la Renta," she told ET, joking that her look is the type of look to party till "maybe six" in the morning." "This is the kind of look that's 24/7, you know what I'm saying? You wake up in the morning, you go to bed with it, it works." — DM
Regina Hall Is a Superhero Snow White
"I feel like if Snow White were black and a superhero," Hall raved to ET of her gilded Dapper Dan for Gucci gown, paired with red puffy sleeves and matching red hair, that was custom designed for her. — DM
Laverne Cox's Beauty Look Is a Neon Dream
The Orange Is the New Black actress may have worn all black Christian Siriano, but she made sure her beauty look was "fierce" -- "I've never had ice blue hair!" -- for her first-ever Met Gala appearance.
"It sounds so frivolous, but I've wanted to come to this event for my entire life. It's something I dreamed about, and I'm here," Cox told ET. — DM
Harry Styles' Look Is a Sign of the Times
Compared to the other outfits we've seen so far, the singer's look was much more subtle: He wore a high-waisted pant, sheer top, one earring and a high heel. Styles arrived to the ball with fellow co-chair, Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele, and to the ear-splitting screams of his waiting fans. — DM
Billy Porter Walks Like an Egyptian in the Most 'Extra' Way
The King of the Met Gala has arrived! The Pose star went all out with his look from The Blonds -- head-to-toe gold, complete with gold eye makeup and a beaded headpiece -- and his entrance: He was carried in on a throne by a group of shirtless men before dismounting and literally spreading his wings, revealing golden wings that only he could pull off so perfectly.
"Camp is the art of being extra, that's what the kids are calling it today," Porter told ET. "I was always teased for being extra, and now I get to go to the Super Bowl of fashion being extra." — DM
Here's Who Told Serena Williams to Rock Sneakers
The tennis pro and Met Gala co-chair, who arrived with husband Alexis Ohanian, stepped out in a gorgeous yellow gown with autumnal accents and a pair of matching yellow Nike sneakers. Williams told ET that it was actually Anna Wintour who gave her the idea to wear kicks on the carpet. We approve. — DM
Gaga's Fourth and Final Outfit Reveval
Gaga's entire entrance took approximately 10 minutes, as she strutted up and down the Met's steps, revealing outfit after outfit. Her final number involved her stripping down to a bra and tights, pulling a wagon filled with wigs and champagne, before sprawling out on the steps in sky-high heels. — John Boone
Lady Gaga Grand Entrance Includes MULTIPLE Costume Reveals
Mother Monster did not disappoint. Gaga, who is one of this year's co-chairs, stepped out in a bright pink Brandon Maxwell gown with a matching bow headpiece and a blonde bob wig, perfectly encapsulating the theatrical aspect of the night's "camp" theme.
Except one gown does not camp make, at least not for Gaga. In a perfectly choreographed routine, dancers removed the pink dress to reveal a black ballgown underneath and handed her a matching umbrella. And then Maxwell himself cut that dress off to reveal another bright pink gown, which she modeled with matching sunglasses and a giant mobile phone clutch. — DM
Anna Wintour Is the Hostess With the Mostess
Vogue's editor-in-chief is first to hit the red carpet, effectively setting the tone for what's to come -- and yes, it's going to be campy. Wintour, who arrived with her betuxed daughter, Bee Shaffer, offered a mix of floral sequins and feathers, a big smile, and no sunglasses in sight. — John Boone
The Carpet Is Officially Open!
Fashion's biggest night out has begun. The red carpet has been rolled out and celebrities have started making their way up the famed steps outside New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art. This year's co-chairs include Anna Wintour, Lady Gaga, Serena Williams, Harry Styles and Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele, although that's only the tip of the iceberg of stars who will be steeping out tonight. — DM
In Bed With Miley Cyrus
The Met Gala is considered the Super Bowl of fashion, so getting ready for the soirée is a full-day event. A slew of celebs have already taken to social media to give fans a sneak peek at their pre-Met Gala glam sessions. Miley Cyrus teased her look via Instagram Stories, saying, "Your girls 4th Met Ball is coming up and Hennnnnnnnnny she gonnnn slayyy. She is coming."
Meanwhile, Pose star and Best Dressed List alumn, Billy Porter, showed off his bedazzled eye makeup while drinking a glass of wine. "Rosé bitches!!!" he exclaimed. "Who's ready for tonight's Met Gala?" — DM
What Is "Camp: Notes on Fashion"?
This year's Met Ball theme is based on the newest Costume Institute exhibition, "Camp: Notes on Fashion," which itself is based on Susan Sontag's 1964 essay "Notes on Camp."
Camp aesthetic embraces elements of irony and extravagance while combining high art and pop culture. "The essence of camp is its love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration," Sontag writes. "The hallmark of camp is the spirit of extravagance. Camp is a woman walking around in a dress made of 3 million feathers."
Speaking with Vogue over the weekend, curator Andrew Bolton explained why "camp" is the perfect theme for this year's gala. "When you look in history, there are moments when camp is really the defining aesthetic of its time: the '60s, the '80s, now," he said. "I think it's very much connected to politics. Camp has always been a political aesthetic, and you can't take the politics out of the aesthetic, particularly with camp." — DM