Met Gala Drama: The 11 Most Jaw-Dropping Moments to Ever Happen at Fashion's Biggest Night
By Antoinette Bueno
Given the amount of A-listers packed into one venue, it's no surprise the amount of drama that goes down at the annual star-studded Met Gala.
This year's soiree takes place on Monday, May 6, with the theme being "Camp: Notes on Fashion," which will examine "how the elements of irony, humor, parody, pastiche, artifice, theatricality and exaggeration are expressed in fashion." Co-chairs include Lady Gaga, Serena Williams, Harry Styles, Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele and of course, Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.
Kim Kardashian West's infamous pregnant 2013 Met Gala debut:
Kardashian West definitely made a statement at her first-ever Met Gala in 2013, with an unforgettable skintight floral dress designed by Riccardo Tisci. The reality star was pregnant with daughter North at the time, and made sure her baby bump was on full display.
The dress sparked plenty of memes, a few comparing Kardashian West's bold look to a couch.
Kardashian West's Met Gala debut also sparked some controversy when Vogue did not include the reality star in a photo gallery of the best-dressed stars from the event. Kim's husband, Kanye West, made the cut, but Kardashian West was Photoshopped out of the original photo.
Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston have a flirty dance-off:
In hindsight, Swift and Hiddleston's chemistry was pretty obvious.
"I love dancing, who doesn't?" he said. "It's a weird one. I haven't actually danced for a long time, but I happened to be dancing at the Met Gala, because it was a party."
"I was on a table with Taylor Swift and The Weeknd was playing and she said, 'The thing about these parties is nobody gets up to dance,'" he continued. "She, as a musician, was like, 'We've got to dance for The Weeknd!' so we got up and danced."
Video of the pair at the Met Gala later went viral, when Italian businessman and Valentino pal Giancarlo Giammetti captured Lopez busting a move when Migos performed their hit, "Bad and Boujee," as Rodriguez stayed seated, awkwardly watching Lopez.
Nicki Minaj shades Demi Lovato ... and Lovato responds:
What's the Met Gala without a little shade? At the 2016 soiree, Lovato awkwardly posed for pictures with Moschino designer Jeremy Scott alongside Minaj. Minaj was seen giving Lovato some major side-eye, and to add insult to injury, the rapper shared the photo on Instagram, but didn't tag Lovato, though did make sure to tag Scott.
Lovato seemingly responded on Snapchat, writing, "When you aren't mentioned in a post but didn't do sh** to the person ..."
"This picture pretty much summed up my first and probably last met???," she wrote of the now-infamous photo. "#cool #sof***ingawkward #notforme #sweatpants #forensicfiles #whatsgood."
"P.s. some of y'all need to learn how to take a joke," she added. "I'm obviously laughing at the fact that 1. I look incredibly awkward and 2. That the shade being thrown in this picture actually gives me life???."
"This one celebrity was a complete b***h and was miserable to be around," Lovato told Billboard. "It was very cliquey. I remember being so uncomfortable that I wanted to drink."
Lovato says she texted her manager from the event and went straight to a 10 p.m. AA meeting.
"I changed my clothes, but I still had my diamonds on -- millions of dollars of diamonds on in an AA meeting," she recalled. "And I related more to the homeless people in that meeting who struggled with the same struggles that I deal with than the people at the Met Gala -- fake and sucking the fashion industry's d**k."
Kylie Jenner is unimpressed with Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively:
Though Sasha Obama appeared starstuck when she met Reynolds at the White House in 2016, the same definitely can't be said for Jenner. In exclusive pics obtained by ET of the 2017 Met Gala, Jenner is seated by Reynolds at the table, but is hilariously on her phone as Reynolds and Lively engage in conversation with Chrissy Teigen and John Legend. In another pic, Jenner's head is completely turned away as Reynolds and Lively share a laugh.
... Hey, not everybody has to hit it off.
Solange attacks JAY-Z in an elevator, as Beyonce calmly looks on:
Solange's epic fight with Jay-Z in an elevator is the Met Gala moment that tops them all. In 2014, surveillance footage from a Standard Hotel elevator was leaked just moments after they attended the Met Gala, which showed Solange yelling at, kicking and hitting JAY-Z while a security guard restrains her. JAY-Z didn't fight back, and Beyonce, who was also in the elevator, remained stoic during the intense argument.
The family put out a statement after the incident, which read, "As a result of the public release of the elevator security footage from Monday, May 5th, there has been a great deal of speculation about what triggered the unfortunate incident. But the most important thing is that our family has worked through it. Jay and Solange each assume their share of responsibility for what has occurred. They both acknowledge their role in this private matter that has played out in the public. They both have apologized to each other and we have moved forward as a united family."
"You egged Solange on," Jay rhymes, "knowing all along all you had to say you was wrong."
But it's the next line that fans think is even more telling.
"You almost went Eric Benét, let the baddest girl in the world get away," he raps, referencing the actor and musician who split from Halle Berry in 2003 amid rumors of infidelity. Later, he warns again, "Never go Eric Benét."
"We had one disagreement ever -- before and after we've been cool," he told Rap Radar hosts Elliott Wilson and Brian "B.Dot" Miller of the footage. "She's like my sister. I will protect her. That's my sister, not my sister-in-law. My sister. Period."
Jaden Smith brings his old hair as his date:
Smith caused a stir in 2017 when he brought his own chopped-off dreadlocks and posed with them on the red carpet.
Smith explained the bold move in an interview with Vogue's Andre Leon Talley.
"And since I couldn't bring my sister as a date, I brought my old hair," he said, referring to his younger sibling, Willow Smith.
Further explaining his all-black look and sporting a gold grill, he noted, "I've gone for the Dracula look today."
Fashion was literally a pain for Jenner in 2016, thanks to her embellished Balmain gown. After the glamorous night, Jenner got real about what sporting the intricate dress cost her.
"When ur dress made you bleed and ur feet are purple," she wrote alongside a photo of multiple cuts on her leg.
However, she had no regrets.
"It was worth it though," she later wrote.
Reese Witherspoon struggles to pronounce Cara Delevingne's name and also proves herself to be the most fun guest:
Some of the best moments to come out of the Met Gala are the unexpected pairings of A-list celebrities, which happened in 2014 when Witherspoon was with Zooey Deschanel, Kate Upton and Delevingne in an elevator. Delevingne Instagrammed videos of an uninhibited Witherspoon hilariously attempting to pronounce her name, before declaring, "Do you know what the most important thing in a name is, for a girl? That a man can whisper it in his pillow."
Not surprisingly, the videos went viral.
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