Lil Nas X Was Aiming for ‘Real Sexy Slutty’ at 2021 Met Gala: See Photos

All that glitters is gold, and Lil Nas X was no exception at the 2021 Met Gala on Monday evening (Sept. 13).

The 22-year-old rapper, who will deliver his debut album Montero on Friday, delivered three separate but coherent looks designed by Versace. He first donned a regal golden velvet robe that later unveiled a golden armor suit underneath. Last but not least, LNX walked up the steps of the Met wearing a gold embellished black bodysuit that showed off his incredible figure following his pregnancy announcement.

“It was royalty at first, right? And then we copped down to the armor, right? And then we got to sexy, you know, we got real sexy slutty,” he told Keke Palmer about his trinity of outfits, later sharing how he has the freedom to expresses his vision in his art whether it’s in music or fashion. “I feel like COVID let me get a a lot of time to think and learn to block people’s thoughts about what I have to do, no matter who they are, how close I am to them, and just realize we only get one chance to do this.”

Fellow artist Billie Eilish is one of four co-chairs of the evening, alongside Timothée Chalamet, Amanda Gorman and Naomi Osaka.

The annual fashion event was postponed indefinitely in 2020, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but the gala is back this year with the theme of “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion.”

Rihanna will host the event’s official afterparty, teaming with hospitality giant Richie Akiva to throw the Met Ball’s private post-gala bash. Rihanna shared the news on her Instagram Story, joking to her followers, “If you planning a MET Ball after party…don’t.”

See Lil Nas X’s 2021 Met Gala looks below.

Billie Eilish ‘Finally’ Feels Free to Go Full Glam at 2021 Met Gala: See Photos

Billie Eilish is serving old Hollywood glam on the red carpet of the 2021 Vogue Met Gala, which she’s co-hosting on Monday evening (Sept. 13).

The dolled-up Happier Than Ever singer arrived wearing a low-cut blush pink tulle gown designed by Oscar de la Renta with an enormous train that gracefully draped over the stairs of the Met, her cropped blond hair sweetly framing her face. Her brother and songwriting partner Finneas, who was dressed head-to-toe in red, accompanied her. The 19-year-old artist’s ensemble is reminiscent of her pinup look from her June 2021 Vogue cover.

“It was time for this,” she told Vogue livestream host Keke Palmer, saying her look was inspired by the holiday Barbie doll. “And I feel like I’ve grown so much in the last few years. … I’ve always wanted to do this. I was just scared and didn’t feel comfortable in my skin, and I feel like I finally did. And it was time.”

The team behind Oscar de la Renta said in a behind-the-scenes video that her Met mood board also featured Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly, adding that she wanted to be the “belle of the ball.”

Eilish is one of four co-chairs of the evening, alongside Timothée Chalamet, Amanda Gorman and Naomi Osaka.

The annual fashion event was postponed indefinitely in 2020, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but the gala is back this year with the theme of “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion.”

Rihanna will host the event’s official afterparty, teaming with hospitality giant Richie Akiva to throw the Met Ball’s private post-gala bash. Rihanna shared the news on her Instagram Story, joking to her followers, “If you planning a MET Ball after party…don’t.”

See Eilish’s 2021 Met Gala look below.

Nicki Minaj Skips 2021 Met Gala Because of Vaccine Requirement

Nicki Minaj is opting to remain unvaccinated amid the COVID-19 pandemic — and as a result, she couldn’t attend the 2021 Met Gala on Monday night (Sept. 13) in New York.

In a series of tweets she shared as the event was just getting started, the hitmaker revealed that because COVID-19 vaccination is required for guests to attend this year’s Met Gala, she would not be in attendance.

“They want you to get vaccinated for the Met,” she wrote on Twitter. “If I get vaccinated it won’t [be] for the Met. It’ll be once I feel I’ve done enough research. I’m working on that now. In the meantime my loves, be safe. Wear the mask with 2 strings that grips your head & face. Not that loose one.”

In a previous tweet she shared earlier on Monday, Minaj seemingly revealed she had already contracted the virus while preparing for Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards, so she ended up pulling out of her planned performance. “I was prepping for vmas then i shot a video & guess who got COVID?” she said. “Do u know what it is not to be able to kiss or hold your tiny baby for over a week? A baby who is only used to his mama? ‘Get vaccinated’ Drake had just told me he got covid w|THE VACCINE tho.”

In an additional tweet, Minaj explained that while she is personally holding off on receiving the vaccine for now, she supports individuals who are choosing to get vaccinated and she may receive the vaccine eventually. “A lot of countries won’t let ppl work w/o the vaccine. I’d def recommend they get the vaccine,” she wrote. “They have to feed their families. I’m sure I’ll b vaccinated as well cuz I have to go on tour, etc.”

Also on Twitter, Minaj claimed that one of her relatives’ loved ones experienced adverse side effects after being vaccinated in her native Trinidad. “My cousin in Trinidad won’t get the vaccine cuz his friend got it & became impotent,” she wrote. “His testicles became swollen. His friend was weeks away from getting married, now the girl called off the wedding. So just pray on it & make sure you’re comfortable with ur decision, not bullied.”

Minaj also co-signed one Twitter user who explained that they have been vaccinated for COVID-19 and did not experience negative side effects. “Nicki I got the vaccine and haven’t got the virus or anything so that’s a good thing,” the person tweeted, to which Minaj replied, “That’s amazing babe. This is the norm.”

The 2021 Met Gala, co-hosted by Billie Eilish, Timothée Chalamet, Amanda Gorman and Naomi Osaka on Monday, is being livestreamed by Vogue below:

Drake Lands All 21 ‘Certified Lover Boy’ Tracks in Hot 100’s Top 40

Drake logs an explosive week on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (dated Sept. 18), as all 21 songs from his new album Certified Lover Boy debut in the top 40.

Certified Lover Boy launches at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 613,000 equivalent album units, according to MRC Data, marking the biggest weekly sum for an album in over a year. He becomes the eighth artist with 10 or more No. 1s in the chart’s history.

Here’s a recap of Drake’s haul of Hot 100 entries this week, all of which are debuts:

Rank, Title
No. 1, “Way 2 Sexy,” feat. Future & Young Thug
No. 2, “Girls Wants Girls,” feat. Lil Baby
No. 3, “Fair Trade,” feat. Travis Scott
No. 4, “Champagne Poetry”
No. 5, “Knife Talk,” feat. 21 Savage & Project Pat
No. 7, “In the Bible,” feat. Lil Durk & Giveon
No. 8, “Papi’s Home”
No. 9, “TSU”
No. 10, “Love All,” feat. Jay-Z
No. 11, “No Friends in the Industry”
No. 12, “N 2 Deep,” feat. Future
No. 14, “Pipe Down”
No. 16, “7am on Bridle Path”
No. 18, “Race My Mind”
No. 22, “IMY2,” feat. Kid Cudi
No. 24, “Yebba’s Heartbreak,” feat. Yebba
No. 25, “You Only Live Twice,” feat. Lil Wayne & Rick Ross
No. 26, “Fountains,” feat. Tems
No. 27, “Get Along Better,” feat. Ty Dolla $ign
No. 32, “Fucking Fans”
No. 35, “The Remorse”

In the 63-year history of the Hot 100, this is just the second instance of an artist infusing 21 songs in the top 40 simultaneously, with both frames belonging to Drake. He first charted 21 titles on the Hot 100 dated July 14, 2018, concurrent with the chart arrival of his LP Scorpion (with 20 of the 21 entries that week from that set). The latest debuts extend Drake’s record for the most total top 40 Hot 100 hits to 143.

This is also the fifth week in Drake’s career in which he has banked at least 21 songs on the Hot 100 in a single week. He totaled a weekly-record 27 entries on the July 14, 2018, chart; 24 on July 21, 2018, and April 8, 2017; and 21 on April 15, 2017.

The 21 debuts up Drake’s career total to a record-extending 258 Hot 100 appearances, dating to his first, the No. 2-peaking “Best I Ever Had,” in 2009. The Glee Cast ranks second with 207 (all in 2009-13), followed by Lil Wayne (176), Taylor Swift (137) and Kanye West (133). Of Drake’s 258 songs, 33 have appeared on the Hot 100 in 2021 alone, the second-most among all artists this year, after Lil Durk’s 37.

Drake’s nine top 10 debuts also extend his record for the most total top 10s to 54. Madonna is next with 38, followed by The Beatles (34), Rihanna (31) and Michael Jackson (30).

Meanwhile, as “Way 2 Sexy” debuts at No. 1 on the Hot 100, it marks the 52nd week in Drake has reigned, encompassing the cumulative weeks of all nine of his No. 1 hits. He’s the fourth act to reach the one-year mark (dating to the chart’s Aug. 4, 1958, inception), after Mariah Carey (84 combined weeks at No. 1), Rihanna (60) and The Beatles (59).

Plus, “Way 2 Sexy” earns Drake his fifth song to debut at the Hot 100’s summit, tying him with Ariana Grande for the record.

All charts dated Sept. 18 will updated tomorrow (Sept. 14) on Billboard.com.

The Ultimate 2021 Billboard Latin Music Awards Playlist: Karol G, Ozuna, Los Dos Carnales & More

The 2021 Billboard Latin Music Awards are just around the corner, where Bad Bunny takes the lead as a 22-time finalist in 13 categories. He’s followed by Maluma with 11 nods, J Balvin with nine nods, and Karol G, Anuel AA and Black Eyed Peas with eight each.

One of the coveted awards of the night is hot Latin song of the year, which includes “Dakiti” (Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez), “Ritmo (Bad Boys for Life)” (Black Eyed Peas & J Balvin), “Telepatia” (Kali Uchis), “Tusa” (Karol G & Nicki Minaj) and “Hawái” (Maluma & The Weeknd).

In celebration of the upcoming awards, Billboard put together the ultimate Billboard Latin Music Awards playlist, featuring all the 2021 finalist songs in the following categories: hot Latin song of the year; hot Latin song of the year, vocal event; airplay song of the year; sales song of the year; streaming song of the year; Latin pop song of the year; tropical song of the year; Regional Mexican song of the year; and Latin rhythm song of the year. (Listen below)

The 2021 Billboard Latin Music Awards — produced and broadcast live by Telemundo — will take place Thursday, Sept. 23, at the Watsco Center in Coral Gables, Fla., kicking off at 7 p.m. ET with the one-hour red carpet special “La Alfombra de Premios Billboard,” followed by the three-hour Billboard Latin Music Awards.

The special event will coincide with Billboard Latin Music Week, returning to Miami from Sept. 20 to 25. The weeklong event celebrates Latin music, culture and entertainment with exclusive performances, one-of-a-kind conversations, workshops, showcases, and on-the-ground consumer moments. For more information, visit BillboardLatinMusicWeek.com.

Considered the longest-running awards show in Latin music, the Billboard Latin Music Awards is the only awards show to honor the most popular albums, songs and performers in Latin music as determined by the sales, streaming radio airplay and social data that informs Billboard’s weekly charts during a one-year period.

How to Watch the 2021 Met Gala

The Met Gala has officially arrived! The annual fashion event was postponed indefinitely  in 2020, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but the gala is back this year with four brand-new co-hosts: Billie Eilish, Timothée Chalamet, Amanda Gorman and Naomi Osaka are set to lead on Monday (Sept. 13), where the theme for the evening is “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion.”

Eilish makes history as the youngest person ever in the Met Gala’s history to be a chair for the event at 19. The honor comes after a successful year for Eilish, whose sophomore album, Happier Than Ever, hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Happier Than Ever also had several of its songs enter the Billboard Hot 100. Eilish additionally collected two Grammys earlier this year for record of the year (“Everything I Wanted”) and best song written for visual media (“No Time to Die”).

Gorman, who stunned everyone with her poem “The Hill We Climb” at President Joe Biden’s inauguration, will make her debut at the event alongside tennis star Osaka and actor Chalamet. “Each of the Met’s four co-hosts embodies the defining factor of American style: individualism,” Vogue wrote in their co-host announcement. “They may approach the concept differently, but their shared passion for expressing themselves through clothing connects with the exhibition’s theme.”

Rihanna will host the event’s official afterparty, teaming with hospitality giant Richie Akiva to throw the Met Ball’s private post-gala bash. Rihanna shared the news on her Instagram Story, joking to her followers, “If you planning a MET Ball after party…don’t.”

For the first time ever, Vogue will be livestreaming the event on their Twitter page and official website starting at 5:30 p.m. ET on Sept. 13. Keke Palmer and Ilana Glazer will host the livestream.

R. Kelly Assistant Says He Made Her Put on a Robe to Prove She Wasn’t Wearing a Wire

R. Kelly’s longtime assistant testified Monday (Sept. 13) that the R&B superstar was so paranoid, he once asked her to change into a robe to demonstrate she was not wearing a wire.

“He could get pretty heated,” said Diana Copeland, who was Kelly’s assistant for 15 years. She told jurors he made her cry at times.

Copeland testified that Kelly kept strict policies for his entourage and once compelled her to write a letter falsely confessing to stealing from him.

Still, Copeland said she did not witness any of the alleged abuse — including kidnapping and sexual assault — described by a long list of witnesses over the past month in Kelly’s racketeering trial at a federal court in Brooklyn.

The Grammy-winning, multiplatinum-selling singer has denied accusations that he led a criminal enterprise that sexually exploited women, girls and even boys during a 30-year career highlighted by his anthem “I Believe I Can Fly.” His lawyers have portrayed his accusers as groupies who are lying about their relationships with him.

Copeland’s testimony revealed new details about Kelly’s unusual routines and the degree to which he relied upon his inner circle.

She said he had no control over his own bank account and had “no idea where his royalties were going.”

“He didn’t even know his own Social Security number,” Copeland said. “That was a huge problem.”

The singer, born Robert Sylvester Kelly, has trouble reading and writing and would have Copeland draft his text messages before the advent of voice-to-text applications.

Kelly lived a nocturnal lifestyle in which he often didn’t start his day until 5 p.m., played basketball at midnight and remained in the recording studio until the sun came up, Copeland said.