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Met Gala 2016: Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Kanye West, Nicki Minaj and More

Musicians joined other notables for the annual pageant of shimmering couture in New York City

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Taylor Swift at the Met Gala 2016.

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The theme of this year's annual Met Gala was "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology," in honor of the Costume Institute's latest exhibit of the same name. That seemed to inspire designers and their muses to wear a lot of metallic. Or to cinch themselves into dresses that looked painful to wear and could possibly cut you if you got too close. Along with movie stars and celebrities, many noteworthy musicians – including Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Kanye West and Nicki Minaj – were seen on the red carpet and after showing off their sparkly duds, they enjoyed entertainment provided by the Weeknd, who sang "The Hills, and was joined onstage by Nas, who performed a rendition of his 2015 hit, "Tell Your Friends." Here, check out some of our favorite looks seen on the first Monday in May.

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Gigi Hadid (L) and Zayn Malik arrive for the Costume Institute Benefit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art May 2, 2016 in New York. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

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Zayn Malik

Zayn Malik wore Atelier Versace – which included metal armor on his arms – when he arrived with Gigi Hadid.

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TOPSHOT - Selena Gomez arrives for the Costume Institute Benefit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

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Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez looked demure in her Louis Vuitton with a black bustier.

Minaj

Nicki Minaj arrives for the Costume Institute Benefit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art May 2, 2016 in New York. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

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Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj helped along by designer Jeremy Scott who cinched the busty singer into an all-black outfit.

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Madonna (L) and Riccardo Tisci attend the "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology" Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/FilmMagic)

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Madonna

Madonna was wearing Riccardo Tisci's creation that left little of her body's intimate details to the imagination.

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Katy Perry attends the "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology" Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

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Katy Perry

Katy Perry looked like a goth queen in her Prada ensemble.

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West attends "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology" Costume Institute Gala at (Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/Getty Images)

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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West

Kanye stunned with contact lenses that made his eyes glow a blue hue. Both he and his wife Kim Kardashian were decked out in Balmain.

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Musician Taylor Swift attends "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology", the 2016 Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 02, 2016 in New York, New York. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)

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Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift's Louis Vuitton dress resembled metallic reptile skin.

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Jennifer Hudson attends "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology", the 2016 Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 02, 2016 in New York, New York. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)

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Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson wore a white silk gown featuring 3D beading, French knots and sequins by H&M.

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Bella Hadid (L) and The Weeknd attend the "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology" Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/FilmMagic)

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The Weeknd

The Weeknd joined his pal Bella Hadid in matching Givenchy black outfits.

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Lady Gaga arrives for the Costume Institute Benefit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

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Lady Gaga

Gaga went for glam-rock astronaut in Atelier Versace.

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Beyonce Knowles attends "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology" Costume Institute Gala at (Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/Getty Images)

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Beyonce

Beyoncé wore form-fitting Givenchy with metallic details.

Grimes

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Grimes attends "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology", the 2016 Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 02, 2016 in New York, New York. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)

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Grimes

Grimes in colorful Louis Vuitton.

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Demi Lovato arrives for the "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology" Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

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Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato shimmered in her custom Moschino gown.

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Florence Welch attends "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology", the 2016 Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 02, 2016 in New York, New York. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)

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Florence Welch

Alessandro Michele and Florence Welch in Gucci.

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: FKA Twigs and Robert Pattinson attend "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology", the 2016 Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 02, 2016 in New York, New York. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)

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FKA Twigs

FKA Twigs in Atelier Versace and Robert Pattinson in Dior Homme.

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Solange Knowles arrives for the "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology" Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

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Solange

Solange Knowles looked striking in a yellow David Laport dress.

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Wiz Khalifa attends "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology", the 2016 Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 02, 2016 in New York, New York. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic) *** Local Caption *** Wiz Khalifa

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Wiz Khalifa

Wiz wore a custom Rag & Bone wool tux with an ivory satin lapel and tuxedo stripe.

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Future

Future wore an Ermenegildo Zegna Made-to-Measure white, shawl collar tuxedo jacket with satin lapel, black pant, white shirt, white bow tie and shoes.

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