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The Coolest Party Photos from the Met Gala

Candid celebrity shots from the year’s most star-studded affair.

Every year, the Met Gala brings the most stylish celebrities and fashion elite together for an evening of pure elegance. But after the red carpet poses and stunning dresses have been photographed, it's time to head inside the grand halls of the Metropolitan Museum of Art for some good old-fashioned fun. From Nicki Minaj and Cardi B's friendly encounter to Madonna's surprise performance, see some truly candid shots from the party of the year.

HEAVENLY BODY Kevin Mazur/MG18/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue HEAVENLY BODY Rihanna DIVINE Kevin Mazur/MG18/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue DIVINE Janelle Monae and Katy Perry STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN Kevin Mazur/MG18/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN Jennifer Lopez and Uma Thurman EXCELLENCE Kevin Mazur/MG18/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue EXCELLENCE Janelle Monae, Daniel Kaluuya, Tessa Thompson, Michael B. Jordan, Lena Waithe, John Boyega, Cynthia Erivo, Chadwick Boseman, and Letitia Wright TRANSFIGURATION Kevin Mazur/MG18/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue TRANSFIGURATION Frances McDormand NOTHING BUT LOVE Kevin Mazur/MG18/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue NOTHING BUT LOVE Nicki Minaj, Jeremy Scott, and Cardi B MODEL CITIZENS Kevin Mazur/MG18/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue MODEL CITIZENS Bella Hadid, Amber Valletta, and Kate Moss PINK PERFECTION Kevin Mazur/MG18/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue PINK PERFECTION SZA and Tracee Ellis Ross BAD AND BOUJEE Kevin Mazur/MG18/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue BAD AND BOUJEE Donatella, Takeoff, and Quavo of Migos, and 2 Chainz BODY IN MOTION Dimitrios Kambouris/MG18/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue BODY IN MOTION Amanda Seyfried POP ROYALTY Kevin Mazur/MG18/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue POP ROYALTY Ariana Grande and Miley Cyrus BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL Kevin Mazur/MG18/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL Amber Heard and Lena Waithe SAY CHEESE Kevin Mazur/MG18/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue SAY CHEESE Kendall Jenner CARDINAL RULE Kevin Mazur/MG18/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue CARDINAL RULE Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan and George Clooney PUNCH LINE Kevin Mazur/MG18/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue PUNCH LINE Johansson, Shaun White, and Jared Leto TWINNING Dimitrios Kambouris/MG18/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue TWINNING Sean Combs and Lewis Hamilton HATS OFF Kevin Mazur/MG18/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue HATS OFF Donald Glover and Frances McDormand RELATIONSHIP GOALS RELATIONSHIP GOALS Rande Gerber and Cindy Crawford THIS SEAT TAKEN? Kevin Mazur/MG18/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue THIS SEAT TAKEN? Michael B. Jordan and Zendaya GOLDEN MOMENTS Kevin Mazur/MG18/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue GOLDEN MOMENTS Kim Kardashian and Katy Perry STRIKE A POSE Dimitrios Kambouris/MG18/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue STRIKE A POSE Gigi Hadid and Gisele Bundchen LATE NIGHT Kevin Mazur/MG18/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue LATE NIGHT James Corden and Jimmy Fallon SQUAD GOALS Kevin Mazur/MG18/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue SQUAD GOALS Andrew Garfield, Emilia Clarke, Daniel Kaluuya, Cynthia Erivo, Letitia Wright, John Boyega, and Trevor Noah SURPRISE PERFORMANCE Kevin Mazur/MG18/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue SURPRISE PERFORMANCE Madonna AMAL MOMENT Kevin Mazur/MG18/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue AMAL MOMENT Francesco Carrozzini, Bee Shaffer, and George and Amal Clooney