Lizzo
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Lizzo

The first Monday night in May means one thing in New York City: the annual fashion extravaganza that is the Met Gala.

Because of the pandemic, it's actually been less than a year since the last Met Gala was held. But this annual high-stakes fashion soiree is a major money-maker for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute — and it's always an opportunity for mega-wattage stars and influencers to turn out in style. (Big names usually come for free, but for those who have to pay, tickets are $35,000 apiece, and the cost of tables ranges from $200,000 to $300,000.)

Janelle Monáe
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Janelle Monáe

Social media personality Fredrik Robertsson
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Social media personality Fredrik Robertsson

Tessa Thompson
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Tessa Thompson

Naomi Campbell
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Naomi Campbell

(L-R) Alessandro Michele and Jared Leto
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(L-R) Alessandro Michele and Jared Leto

Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson
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Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson

Jodie Turner-Smith
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Jodie Turner-Smith

Janicza Bravo
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Janicza Bravo

Kendall Jenner
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Kendall Jenner

Phillip Lim, Michelle Yeoh, and Prabal Gurung
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Phillip Lim, Michelle Yeoh, and Prabal Gurung

Blake Lively
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Blake Lively

Jordan Roth
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Jordan Roth

Chloe Kim
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Chloe Kim

Anderson .Paak
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Anderson .Paak

Influencer Isabelle Boemeke
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Influencer Isabelle Boemeke

Vanessa Hudgens
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Vanessa Hudgens

Kaia Gerber
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Kaia Gerber

Samuelle Leibovitz and Annie Leibovitz
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Samuelle Leibovitz and Annie Leibovitz

Vanessa Nadal and Lin-Manuel Miranda
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Vanessa Nadal and Lin-Manuel Miranda

Camila Cabello
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Camila Cabello

Ashley Park
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Ashley Park

La La Anthony
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La La Anthony

Mindy Kaling
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Mindy Kaling

This year's gala hosts are actress Regina King, the omnipresent Lin-Manuel Miranda, actress Blake Lively and her husband, actor Ryan Reynolds. The gala's honorary chairs are Condé Nast global chief content officer Anna Wintour, head of Instagram Adam Mosseri, and fashion designer Tom Ford.

Earlier Monday, First Lady Jill Biden was the Met's special guest at the press launch of the Costume Institute's newest show, "In America: An Anthology of Fashion," which explores the evolution of American fashion from the 19th to late 20th centuries.

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Emma Chamberlain
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Emma Chamberlain