Stars Who Aren't Going to the 2021 Met Gala and Why

Learn why these celebrities won't be attending the Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art this year 

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Kylie Jenner

Kylie Jenner
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The Kylie Cosmetics mogul, who recently announced she's expecting her second child with Travis Scott, confirmed Monday she wouldn't be attending the biggest night in fashion without offering any further explanation.

"I'm so sad I couldn't make it this year 🤍🤍 i can't wait to see all the looks 🤍🤍," Jenner wrote on her Instagram Story, sharing throwback photos of her Met Gala red carpet looks in years past.

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Zendaya

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Zendaya at the 2019 Met Gala. Neilson Barnard/Getty

So little time! The actress revealed last week that she couldn't make the benefit due to a scheduling conflict.

"I will be on Euphoria. My fans are going to be very upset with me," Zendaya told Extra TV.

Her Dune costar — and Met Gala co-chair! — Timothée Chalamet interjected, "Bummer, bummer," during the joint interview.

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Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj
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The rapper announced on social media Monday she wouldn't be going to the Met Gala amid the vaccination mandate issued by event organizers to heed COVID-19 concerns.

"They want you to get vaccinated for the Met. if I get vaccinated it won't for the Met. It'll be once I feel I've done enough research. I'm working on that now," Minaj tweeted. "In the meantime my loves, be safe. Wear the mask with 2 strings that grips your head & face. Not that loose one."

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Andy Cohen & Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah Jessica Parker and Andy Cohen
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We couldn't help but wonder ... what if their evening was free? The Watch What Happens Live host cited a prior commitment in explaining why he and his longtime Met Gala date Sarah Jessica Parker wouldn't be able to make the big night out this year.

"My date is filming this year. She's filming And Just Like That...," Cohen told Access Hollywood in August of the actress' Sex and the City revival.

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Tom Brady & Gisele Bündchen

Tom Brady, Gisele Bundchen
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Some say the Met Gala is the Super Bowl of fashion, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback seemed to have his eyes on the actual NFL championship in an Instagram address to fans on Met Monday this year.

"Football is officially back, and it's great to be 1-0," Brady said, referencing the Buccs' victory over the Dallas Cowboys last week. "We've got a big week ahead, the marathon's just getting started. We got a lot to improve on, and excited for this week."

Without Brady, Gisele Bündchen was a no-show in 2021, too.

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Blake Lively

Blake Lively
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The actress hasn't addressed why she and husband Ryan Reynolds missed Fashion Prom this year, though she's attended nine times before. The Gossip Girl alumna made her Met debut in 2008, and most recently attended in 2018.

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Harry Styles

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The "Watermelon Sugar" singer's first time at the Met Ball was as a co-host in 2019, but fans didn't expect him to attend after he released his Love On Tour dates for 2021 — with a show scheduled for Sept. 13 in Houston.

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Beyoncé

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Queen Bey actually hasn't attended since 2016, though fans are always hopeful for a sighting of the superstar. It seems she and JAY-Z are possibly still on their Italian getaway in celebration of her recent 40th birthday, however.

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Katy Perry

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Katy Perry at the 2019 Met Gala. Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty

A former co-chair, Perry didn't give a reason as to why she and fiancé Orlando Bloom didn't make it to New York City this year.

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Madonna

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Another Met Gala mainstay, Madge interestingly opened the MTV VMAs on Sunday night but didn't make an appearance at the Met Gala. Her daughter Lourdes Leon did make her own gala debut, however, after gracing the September 2021 cover of Vogue.

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Halsey

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Halsey rocking longer locks at the 2019 Met Gala. David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock

When fans asked the singer via Twitter why they weren't at the 2021 gala, they had a sensible, smart reply. "I'm still breastfeeding," Halsey began. "I only had my baby 7 weeks ago. There's nothing more 'American fashion' than moms having to go back to work after just giving birth lol," the singer wrote, in reference to the event's theme.

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