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Beyoncé attends the ‘Charles James: Beyond Fashion’ Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art May 5, 2014, in New York City. 

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The Met Gala is the annual ball that kicks off the Metropolitan Museum of Art's yearly Costume Institute exhibit. This year's tribute was to Charles James, America's First Couturier, and Monday night the stars came out in their best haute couture. But when you're aiming for couture, sometimes it can be hit or miss.

Check out a few of the black celebrities in attendance and decide for yourself.

Is it me, or does Carmelo Anthony look like he'd rather be watching the NBA playoffs? Just in case you're wondering, Lala Anthony is wearing a design by Cushnie et Ochs.

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NBA player Carmelo Anthony and LaLa Anthony attend the ‘Charles James: Beyond Fashion’ Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art May 5, 2014, in New York City.

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Solange Knowles debuted a new hairstyle for the night, along with a plunging neckline in this 3.1 Phillip Lim dress. Honestly, I wish she would have kept the ’fro and tried a more daring dress.

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Solange at the ‘Charles James: Beyond Fashion’ Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, May 5, 2014, in New York City. 

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The newly engaged Gabrielle Union wore a Prada crop top and skirt, which was definitely daring with the feathers and Swavorski crystals. 

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Gabrielle Union attends the ‘Charles James: Beyond Fashion’ Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014, in New York City.

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So, you can't win them all. You can't always stunt on everyone in attendance. Lupita Nyong'o's first Met Gala attendance didn't have her in the most spectacular Prada outfit, but it definitely got people's attention.  

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Lupita Nyong'o attends the ‘Charles James: Beyond Fashion’ Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014, in New York City.

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Am I allowed to say "flawless" in reference to Rihanna, or can that only be used for Beyoncé? In any event, Rihanna was quite elegant in a Stella McCartney crop top and skirt.

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Rihanna attends the ‘Charles James: Beyond Fashion’ Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014, in New York City. 

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Naomi Campbell proved that all she needed was a boa and some cutouts for her Givenchy number. She also proves that black doesn't crack. 

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Model Naomi Campbell attends the ‘Charles James: Beyond Fashion’ Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014, in New York City.

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Actress Joy Bryant was bohemian couture in a flowy blue dress, matched with long box braids. Although she kept it simple, it was a breath of fresh air in a sea of couture. 

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Actress Joy Bryant attends the ‘Charles James: Beyond Fashion’ Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014, in New York City. 

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Supermodel Chanel Iman and her rapper boyfriend A$AP Rocky took a vintage couture route with their ensemble. Chanel wore a Topshop gown, while A$AP Rocky wore vintage braids and a slim-fitting suit. 

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A$AP Rocky and Chanel Iman attend the ‘Charles James: Beyond Fashion’ Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014, in New York City. 

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After announcing their joint tour last week, the Carters took the earnings from the ridiculously priced tickets and went shopping. Beyoncé wore a Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci custom gown while Jay Z also wore a Givenchy Haute Couture tuxedo. And what's a Beyoncé outfit without a bodysuit? The 32-year-old wore a matching bodysuit underneath with embroidered fishnet tights and crocodile leather sandals.

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Jay Z and Beyoncé attend the ‘Charles James: Beyond Fashion’ Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014, in New York City.

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So there you have it, a bunch of celebrities paid $25,000 per ticket to attend an event where they were able to parade around each other in expensive clothes. 

Yesha Callahan is editor of The Grapevine and a staff writer at The Root. Follow her on Twitter.
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