The Met Gala, also known as the Costume Institute Gala, is ready to return to its regularly scheduled programming. The first half of the Costume Institute’s two-part exhibition, titled “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” will take place during New York Fashion Week.
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the annual event was placed on hold in 2020. After a year-long hiatus, the shindig that normally takes place during the first Monday in May will make its comeback starting with a “slightly smaller celebration” that’s slated to go down on September 13. Amanda Gorman, Naomi Osaka —who’s looking to manifest Rihanna vibes — and Billie Eilish have been announced as co-hosts for the forthcoming Met festivities.
“This year’s theme will celebrate the best of American fashion, and marks the Costume Institute’s 75th anniversary,” explained fashion bible Vogue Magazine.
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At its core the annual gala is an event raising funds for programs and exhibitions for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. However, on the surface it’s a drip fest. Touted as the Super Bowl of fashion or “fashion’s biggest night out,” the Met Gala is one of the most buzzed about events of the year, especially here in NYC. It’s a big deal for the fashion world as well as the world of hip-hop.
Hip-hop’s finest and most stylish have become permanent fixtures on the Met’s red carpet and at the after-party. The likes of Cardi B, A$AP Rocky, Jaden Smith, Migos, Kanye West, Diddy, Beyoncé, JAY-Z and many others have made their presence felt at the Met Gala. Other rap artists have rapped about and named songs after the star-studded event. Here’s a look at some of our favorite Met Gala raps.
“I was that nigga locked up in the cell and they treated me like I was normal/Thankin’ the Lord for them blessings I just left the Met Gala dressin’ up formal.”
Offset on Gucci Mane’s “Met Gala” (2017)
“It’s easy to slip, don’t want you to fall/Walk in with the drip, that Met Gala Ball.”
Gunna on “Met Gala” (2020)
“You can’t even get on my guest list/They want me to go to the Met Gala/I want a Percocet and a gallon/That Actavis, Hi-Tech it don’t matter.”
Future on Drake’s “Grammys” (2016)
“Met Gala, 42/but I fuck ’em like I’m 22/Macking and hanging that’s all I do”
Nas on The Weeknd’s “Tell your Friends (Met Gala Remix)”
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