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The Met Gala always produces the most memorable red carpet looks of the year.

Following this year’s theme, Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion, and a Garden Of Time dress code, the stars pulled out all the botanical stops with their outfits, with floral and garden-inspired fashion unsurprisingly dominating.

Zendaya, Kim Kardashian, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Lopez and Gigi Hadid were among the celebrities in attendance – and there was even a pregnancy reveal.

Here are some of the best outfits from the Met Gala 2024.

Zendaya attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion" exhibition on Monday, May 6, 2024, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
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Co-chair Zendaya stunned in a vintage black Givenchy couture gown from the spring 1996 collection, featuring a floral bouquet hat with a long train. And she surprised with not one…

Zendaya attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion" exhibition on Monday, May 6, 2024, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
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… but two gowns, bringing a dark twist to the theme with both. This ocean-blue and green tulle gown with a matching headpiece is by Maison Margiela, styled by her long-time collaborator Law Roach

Kim Kardashian attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion" exhibition on Monday, May 6, 2024, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
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Kim Kardashian is renowned for her Met Gala looks, from Marilyn Monroe’s actual dress to a Morph suit. This year, she cinched in with silver in custom Maison Margiela but also opted for a cardi, which is sensible. Kim Cardi-ashian? Anyone?

Photo by: DPRF/STAR MAX/IPx 2024 Kylie Jenner at the 2024 Costume Institute Benefit Gala celebrating "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion," held on May 6, 2024 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
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And of course, it was a family affair. Here’s Kylie Jenner in a more simple cream gown, apparently inspired by a garden statue but channelling Marilyn Monroe herself

Kendall Jenner attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion" exhibition on Monday, May 6, 2024, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
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While Kendall Jenner opted for dramatic black and bronze with a cut-out waist

Photo by: DPRF/STAR MAX/IPx 2024 5/6/24 Kris Jenner and Corey Gamble at the 2024 Costume Institute Benefit Gala celebrating "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion," held on May 6, 2024 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
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All white is a tricky look to pull off at a party, but if anyone can go a night without spilling her soup it’s Kardashian matriarch Kris Jenner (and partner Corey Gamble)

Janelle Monae attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion" exhibition on Monday, May 6, 2024, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
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Singer and actress Janelle Monae looked incredible in barely there silver

Photo by: DPRF/STAR MAX/IPx 2024 Lana Del Rey at the 2024 Costume Institute Benefit Gala celebrating "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion," held on May 6, 2024 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
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Ready for the red carpet and a potential swarm of bees, here’s Lana Del Rey

Photo by: DPRF/STAR MAX/IPx 2024 5/6/24 Emily Ratajkowski at the 2024 Costume Institute Benefit Gala celebrating "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion," held on May 6, 2024 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
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Emily Ratajkowski managed to pull off simple and daring in this nearly naked jewelled gown

Sabrina Carpenter attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion" exhibition on Monday, May 6, 2024, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
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Singer Sabrina Carpenter channelled Cinderella for her Met Gala look – and also made her red carpet couple debut with boyfriend Barry Keoghan…

Barry Keoghan attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion" exhibition on Monday, May 6, 2024, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
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The Saltburn star brought a hint of Mad Hatter in olive-toned velvet

Cara Delevingne attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion" exhibition on Monday, May 6, 2024, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
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Cara Delevingne sparkled in the fanciest balaclava look we have ever seen. The bejewelled outfit, by Stella McCartney, was created with lab-grown diamonds, she told reporters

Raye attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion" exhibition on Monday, May 6, 2024, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
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After breaking records at the Brits earlier this year, British star Raye continues to make headlines with this waterfall-inspired look

J. Harrison Ghee attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion" exhibition on Monday, May 6, 2024, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
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J Harrison Ghee picks up Garden Of Time style points for the insect-inspired headpiece

Elle Fanning attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion" exhibition on Monday, May 6, 2024, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
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Elle Fanning was transformed into a delicate ice sculpture…

Photo by: DPRF/STAR MAX/IPx 2024 Camila Cabello at the 2024 Costume Institute Benefit Gala celebrating "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion," held on May 6, 2024 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
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… while Camila Cabello took an ice block, rather than a handbag, to encase her lippy and phone

Adwoa Aboah attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion" exhibition on Monday, May 6, 2024, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
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Congrats are in order for British model Adwoa Aboah, who revealed her baby bump on the Met Gala carpet

Cardi B attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion" exhibition on Monday, May 6, 2024, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
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Cardi B requires a landscape shot in her MBD (massive black dress)

Jennifer Lopez attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion" exhibition on Monday, May 6, 2024, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
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Jennifer Lopez glittered in muted metallics

Gigi Hadid attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion" exhibition on Monday, May 6, 2024, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
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Gigi Hadid’s high-fashion spin on a floral wedding-look gown apparently took 13,500 hours to make thanks to millions of hand-sewn beads – no wonder she’s got assistants keeping an eye on it

Erykah Badu attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion" exhibition on Monday, May 6, 2024, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
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Singer-songwriter Erykah Badu added a colour pop to the Garden Of Time

Karlie Kloss, left, and Giovanna Battaglia attend The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion" exhibition on Monday, May 6, 2024, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
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Model Karlie Kloss (L) and Swarovski creative director Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert brought visions of a sparkling rose garden in pink and green

Nicole Kidman, left, and Keith Urban attend The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion" exhibition on Monday, May 6, 2024, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
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Nicole Kidman served the drama in monochrome, accompanied by husband Keith Urban

Kieran Culkin attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion" exhibition on Monday, May 6, 2024, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
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Saying goodbye to Roman Roy and his boardroom wardrobe, Kieran Culkin brought watercolours and pink suede shoes to the Met Gala

Doja Cat attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion" exhibition on Monday, May 6, 2024, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
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Rapper Doja Cat must have been channelling the recent British weather for her Garden Of Time look, opting simply for a soaking wet white T-shirt dress

Pamela Anderson attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion" exhibition on Monday, May 6, 2024, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
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Perhaps surprisingly, this was Pamela Anderson’s Met Gala debut – and she made it in a nude Oscar de la Renta gown and diamonds

Daniel Lee, left, and Naomi Campbell attend The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion" exhibition on Monday, May 6, 2024, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
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Burberry’s chief creative officer Daniel Lee with supermodel Naomi Campbell, who opted for a simple but dazzling aquamarine fringed gown

Francesco Risso, left, and Nicki Minaj attend The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion" exhibition on Monday, May 6, 2024, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
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Marni creative director Francesco Risso lets Nicki Minaj’s floral sculpture dress do the talking

Sydney Sweeney attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion" exhibition on Monday, May 6, 2024, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
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Euphoria and The White Lotus star Sydney Sweeney revealed a dramatic new look, with dark hair and elbow gloves toughening up her princess-style gown

Kylie Minogue attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion" exhibition on Monday, May 6, 2024, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
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For Kylie Minogue’s first Met Gala in 10 years, designer Glenn Martens transformed her into a real-life Sleeping Beauty, telling Vogue: ‘It’s meant to look as though she’s been sleeping in this dress for hundreds of years’

Demi Moore attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion" exhibition on Monday, May 6, 2024, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
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Demi Moore’s look was part Queen Of Hearts, part wallpaper (literally – designer Harris Reed revealed the dress is actually made from it)

FKA Twigs attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion" exhibition on Monday, May 6, 2024, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
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FKA Twigs, who recently revealed she has created an AI clone of herself, was another star to channel the ‘naked’ look, underneath what looks like the world’s cosiest cardi

Photo by: DPRF/STAR MAX/IPx 2024 Serena Williams at the 2024 Costume Institute Benefit Gala celebrating "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion," held on May 6, 2024 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
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What else but gold for a winner like Serena Williams?

Cynthia Erivo, left, and Ariana Grande attend The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion" exhibition on Monday, May 6, 2024, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
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Wicked co-stars Cynthia Erivo and Ariana Grande were reunited at the event, with Erivo wearing a Thom Browne look complete with pink rose petals and a butterfly attached to the back of her head. Grande opted for very pale pink hues and pearls

Photo by: DPRF/STAR MAX/IPx 2024 5/6/24 Amanda Seyfried at the 2024 Costume Institute Benefit Gala celebrating "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion," held on May 6, 2024 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
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Amanda Seyfried reportedly requested for her dress to be sustainable, and Prada delivered – creating her metallic outfit from leftover deadstock fabric, according to the New York Times

Amanda Gorman attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion" exhibition on Monday, May 6, 2024, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
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Poet and activist Amanda Gorman went for pale blue-green jacquard for her gown and matching headband

Raul Lopez, left, and Lil Nas X attend The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion" exhibition on Monday, May 6, 2024, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
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Designer Raul Lopez and rapper Lil Nas X, who was reportedly suited in more than 50,000 Swarovski crystals

Phoebe Dynevor attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion" exhibition on Monday, May 6, 2024, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
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British actress Phoebe Dynevor was the first star ever to wear a Victoria Beckham number to the event, according to Vogue

Simone Ashley attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion" exhibition on Monday, May 6, 2024, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
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Bridgerton and Sex Education star Simone Ashley opted for dramatic navy and black sequins

Lizzo attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion" exhibition on Monday, May 6, 2024, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
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Lizzo’s sculpted corset look complete with headdress, designed by Victor Weinsanto, was reminiscent of an autumnal tree

Photo by: DPRF/STAR MAX/IPx 2024 Michelle Williams at the 2024 Costume Institute Benefit Gala celebrating "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion," held on May 6, 2024 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
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Michelle Williams was pretty as a pixie with a pink crop and ethereal tulle dress (plus bonus Kieran Culkin and his wife Jazz Charton in the background)

Taika Waititi, left, and Rita Ora attend The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion" exhibition on Monday, May 6, 2024, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
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Rita Ora went for a daring nude tasselled bodysuit, while husband Taika Waititi accessorised in a brown leather-look suit

Tyla attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion" exhibition on Monday, May 6, 2024, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
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And finally, the covered-in-sand beach look has never looked so glam thanks to Grammy-winning singer Tyla – who sported a sand-adorned Balmain gown alongside a sand-filled hourglass clock in lieu of a bag

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Bruce Springsteen cancels shows over ‘vocal issues’

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Bruce Springsteen has cancelled a series of dates due to “vocal issues”, days after performing in what he described as “hellacious” weather in Sunderland.

The US star, 74, postponed shows in Marseille, Prague and Milan over the next fortnight, with his European tour set to resume in Madrid on 12 June.

In an Instagram post on Sunday, he said he was “recuperating comfortably” and he and the E Street Band “look forward to resuming their hugely successful European stadium tour”.

With “further examination” and “consulting”, the statement also said, doctors determined Bruce “should not perform for the next 10 days”.

Springsteen had played at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light on Wednesday, where he admitted the weather was particularly wet.

As he was honoured at London’s Ivor Novello Awards on Thursday, he said: “We just… came out of the plane in Sunderland last night, (it was) hellacious weather.

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Ivor Novello Awards, Portrait Studio, Grosvenor House, London, UK - 23 May 2024
Bruce Springsteen with his Fellowship of The Ivors Academy and Sir Paul McCartney pose in the Studio at The Ivors with Amazon Music - May 23, 2024 in London United Kingdom. (Photo by Hogan Media/Shutterstock)

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Sir Paul McCartney presented Bruce Springsteen with the Fellowship of The Ivors Academy. Pic: Dave Hogan/Hogan Media/Shutterstock

“Driving rain storm, the wind blowing, blowing, blowing, and standing… in front of me, in the rain, I realised: these are my people.”

Springsteen also treated the audience to his song Thunder Road, after Sir Paul McCartney presented him with his Ivors Academy fellowship.

New dates for his postponed shows will be announced shortly, according to his Instagram account, and anyone seeking a refund “will be able to obtain it at their original point of purchase”.

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He rescheduled dates in August last year in the US after he was taken ill, and cancelled planned concerts in March 2023 over other issues.

His first major tour in six years saw him play a headline gig in London’s Hyde Park in July 2023.

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Nicki Minaj fans blame venue – not her arrest – for last minute gig cancellation

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Nicki Minaj fans who queued to see her in Manchester only for her arrest to lead to the concert being cancelled at the last minute have blamed the beleaguered venue for the fiasco.

Ticketholders queued outside the Co-op Live arena from as early as 9am on Saturday and were allowed inside at 7pm.

Minaj, however, had been arrested at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport on suspicion of possession of “soft drugs” and was not released until 9pm – when the gig was due to start.

Once inside, her fans, also known as Barbz, claim security staff told them she was already in the building. But at 9.40pm promoter Live Nation announced the event was being cancelled.

Nicki Minaj at the Met Gala in New York earlier in May. Pic: AP
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Nicki Minaj at the Met Gala in New York earlier in May. Pic: AP

Alvin Christie, 29, from Liverpool, was among those who had camped out since Saturday morning.

He said: “I would say it was very poorly managed. When we arrived… they were actively telling fans that she had arrived and that everyone was going to dance tonight.

“For a lot of people that were asking those questions, that’s obviously [keeping] people’s hopes up. I understand that maybe they wanted to get people into the arena for health and safety risks to stop people being outside.

“But I think most importantly, they maybe could have advised people as soon as they’ve known that the show was postponed and we should be turned away when we’re outside the arena, rather than holding loads of people in the arena.”

Mr Christie said he does not blame Minaj, and says fans wanted her to be “in a good place” for the show.

“Die-hard Nicki fan” Charu, who also travelled from Liverpool for the concert, said the evening was “so ridiculously disappointing”.

“My sister and I had been looking forward to this for months. I’m in the middle of taking my medical school exams and I had been working around this day and was so looking forward to it,” they said.

“People around us said they’d travelled from Ireland and Scotland, paid for hotels for the night in Manchester, which is not cheap.

“So the fact that tickets will be refunded or still valid for another concert doesn’t really put into perspective the time and money that we have all spent on this night.”

PABest A view of the Co-op Live arena in Manchester. The £365 million venue, the biggest indoor arena in the UK, has postponed its opening numerous times after rescheduling performances from Peter Kay, The Black Keys, and A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, as well as shows by Olivia Rodrigo scheduled for this Friday and Saturday. Picture date: Thursday May 2, 2024.
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Co-Op Live arena in Manchester. Pic: PA

No toilets for those queuing for hours

Fan Eileen Allardyce also claimed there were “no toilets” while she queued outside from around 4pm.

“I’m very disappointed, more so [with] the venue because, obviously, everyone was unravelling on social media, everyone knew what the situation was and the venue completely let us down,” she said.

Dutch Police told Sky News Minaj was detained and eventually fined for “illegally exporting soft drugs from the Netherlands to another country”.

The rapper claimed she arrived at her hotel in Manchester early on Sunday after spending “5-6 hours” in a cell in Amsterdam.

She then invited fans to her hotel, where according to videos on social media, she spoke to the crowds outside.

“I wanted to honestly tell you that I love you,” she said.

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On X, the 41-year-old said the venue was “willing to go past 11pm”, but unidentified members of staff had “succeeded at their plan to not let me get on that stage tonight”.

A new date should be announced on Sunday, she added.

“One July option & one June option is currently being discussed. I’ll find a way to not only make up the date with the performance but I’m going to create an added bonus for everyone that had a [ticket] for this show. Promise,” she wrote.

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The new £365m Co-op Live arena has been plagued with problems even before it opened on 14 May.

The 23,500-capacity venue was originally due to open with two Peter Kay stand-up shows on 23 and 24 April, but that was pushed back when problems emerged at a test event headlined by Rick Astley.

The arena then planned for US rapper A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie to open the arena on 1 May, but that was called off an hour before his performance, when the ventilation system fell from the ceiling.

The ventilation issue meant scheduled performances by US pop star Olivia Rodrigo and British band Keane were also postponed, while a series of shows by Take That were moved to the AO Arena elsewhere in Manchester.

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Sir Elton John’s next album ‘won’t be his last’, songwriting partner says

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An album of “incredibly personal” new songs from Sir Elton John won’t be the singer’s last, according to his long-term songwriting partner Bernie Taupin. 

“It’s a pretty amazing project, very cool…it tells a lot of stories and it’s incredibly personal, but it’s certainly not final.”

Few details are known about what fans can expect from Sir Elton‘s new music, but the legendary lyricist says he thinks it will be released before Christmas.

Bernie Taupin speaking at an event earlier this week. Pic: Mark Allan
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Bernie Taupin speaking at an event earlier this week. Pic: Mark Allan

“It’s all done, it’s all in the can and ready to come out, I think, at the end of this year,” Taupin told Sky News.

While Sir Elton, 77, announced his retirement from touring last year, bowing out with a performance on the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury, Taupin says they have no plans to stop making music together.

“You always think ‘is the next album going to be the last?’ but, I think, both Elton and I, we just have this creative drive and we have this ultimate total love for music on every different level.”

Taupin, who’s lived in California since the 70s, has been back in England after being invited to speak at The Other Songs Live, an evening celebrating songwriters old and new.

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“Anything that nurtures talent, you know, gets my ear,” Taupin insists.

He remains one of the most successful lyricists in the world, having collaborated for more than half a century with Sir Elton, selling more than 300 million records globally, and together writing more than 30 albums.

Bernie Taupin receives the Musical Excellence Award from Elton John during the 38th Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Brooklyn, New York, U.S., November 3, 2023. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
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Bernie Taupin receives the Musical Excellence Award from Sir Elton John at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony last November. Pic: Reuters

And while Taupin’s lyrics are firmly embedded in modern pop culture, he says he struggles to explain what his secret is.

“It’s very difficult for me because, in a nutshell, my answer is I don’t know, I just do it.”

Bernie Taupin receives the Musical Excellence Award during the 38th Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Brooklyn, New York, U.S., November 3, 2023. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
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Bernie Taupin told Sky News Sir Elton’s next album won’t be his last. Pic: Reuters

But one thing he’s certain of is that it’s a skill a computer just can’t replicate.

“I loathe and detest the whole idea of AI… from a creative musical standpoint, it cannot write songs as well as the human heart can because it’s got no heart.

“I’ve seen the product of AI, you know, when they’ve said write a song in the style of so-and-so and it’s complete shit.”

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For Taupin, one-half of one of the world’s most successful songwriting partnerships, he’s not ready to be written off by technology.

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