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Dear Celebs, Did You Miss the 'Punk Rock' MET Gala Memo?

Oh, the MET Gala.

To many, this annual avant-garde extravaganza is so grand that it’s considered the official Fashion Olympics (or Fashion Oscars) of the world. New York City pulses while industry greats gather at the Metropolitan Museum to showcase their above-and-beyond style, all in the name of art.

Fashion’s most accredited dictator Anna Wintour collaborates with fellow fashion institutes to provide a meeting time, motif and exhibit for the world to bask in (even if you don’t want to). This year, Wintour deemed "Punk Fashion: Chaos to Couture" as this year's criteria. But at the end of the night, after keeping my eyes glued to Vogue.com's live stream of the event, I was left with one lingering question: What in the punk rock hell happened?

While fashion is most certainly no follow-the-rules type of hype, Monday night's sartorial cues leaned more towards chaos rather than punk. With a few arguable exceptions--Nicole Richie, Miley Cyrus, Gwen Stefani, Sarah Jessica Parker, Pharrell (for God sakes, the hip–hop genius arrived in Johnny Depp-inspired eyeliner!)--everyone arrived on their #phuckyopunkrock theme swag. While you’re aggressively encouraged to push the limit with your fashion choices, you’re also supposed to actually put to the test of your creativity.

Beyoncé, one of entertainment's most sought after fashion muse, arrived in a belted Givenchy creation that strayed as far away from the theme as Naomi Campbell's edges. Zero points. La La arrived draped in a Zac Posen satin gown fit for a dinner in Beverly Hills. Zero points for you too. Nicki Minaj? The Queen Barb notorious for her audacious fashion ensembles? Yeah, she arrived in a muted midnight blue Tommy Hilfiger cut-out gown. Yes, Tommy Hilfiger for a punk rock-themed event. Negative 3 points. And the most ghastly of the evening (so sorry) had to be Kim Kardashian. Honestly, there are no words. We commend the mommy-to-be for strutting the red carpet at all (I mean, at least she was invited this year, right?). But honestly, how dare she arrive in that floral get-up? Grandma's couch, anyone?

It was all a fashion mess until I spotted dead-on divas like Madonna and Anne Hathaway, who simply slayed the night.

To say the least, this year's gala was an interesting one, but maybe a more feasible theme next year, Anna? As much as we’d like to care about the exhibit, we truly care about the red carpet arrivals 100 times more (just admit it). And if no one adheres to the theme, where’s the fun? Better yet, where’s the event? -- Diarrha Ndiaye

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During her speech for the Rule Breaker award, singer-songwriter recalled today's climate, asking her peers and those watching at home for a little bit of peace.

"I'm sorry for the state of the world honestly, for everybody in this room and I pray that all of us just get through it a little bit easier and just try not to lash out at each other," she said.

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"I'm just so thankful for everybody having patience with me, " she said. Shouting out the key members of her family in attendance, the TDE affiliate gave praise to her mother, father, and grandma. In this brief speech centered around the artist's growth Solána Imani Rowe, known more commonly as her stage name, Rowe everyone for their trust in her.

"I'm grateful for everybody taking the time to have the patience to watch someone grow, it is painful and sometimes exciting but mostly boring. And I am thankful for Top (Top Dawg Entertainment's Anthony Tiffith) for not dropping me from that label. For Peter, who I change my ideas every day and he be like okay I like this," she continued.

Thanking the likes of musical powerhouses like Alicia Keys and Whack, "The Weekend" singer offered her appreciation and condolences to Ariana Grande.

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As November comes to a close, many publications will be crafting their year-end lists for all things pop culture. Forbes released a ranking of the world's highest-paid women in music on Monday (Nov. 19), with Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, and Rihanna holding it down for women of color.

Beyoncé comes in at No. 3 on the list with an earning of $60 million as she made most of her money through her historical Coachella performance, the joint album with husband JAY-Z, Everything is Love, and the Carters' On The Run II Tour in support of its release.

Jennifer Lopez made No. 6 for earnings tallying of over $47 million thanks to her lucrative Las Vegas residency, endorsements, and shows including World of Dance where she serves as a judge.

Rihanna follows behind the "Love Don't Cost A Thing" diva at No. 7 with earnings of over $37.5 million. Although she hasn't toured since 2016—thanks to her cosmetics and lingerie lines, Fenty Beauty and Savage Lingerie—the Bajan pop star has been keeping herself busy.

Forbes' annual list (which factors in pretax earnings from June 1, 2017, through June 1, 2018) has placed Katy Perry at the top with over $83 million in profits due to her gig as an American Idol judge and her 80-date Witness: The Tour that brought in an estimated $1 million per night.

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Released Thursday (Nov. 22), the singer goes the clubby, confident route while rightfully dropping her attributes like her relationship with God, smoldering looks (a.k.a the drip) among other things. With "Kelly" being the first single since her 2013's Talk a Good Game, the singer comes out swinging, reminding everyone of her power in the game.

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Glad to have you back, Ms. Kelly. Listen to the eponymous record up top.

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