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Here's Why BTS Won't Be At This Year's Met Gala

They've got a pretty packed schedule.

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After the Met Gala was canceled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, it’s officially returning for the first time since 2019 on Sept. 13, 2021. Although they haven’t revealed this year’s official guest list, The Metropolitan Museum of Art said in a press release that it will be “more intimate.” Anna Wintour, who is Vogue’s editor-in-chief and the Met Gala’s lead organizer, reportedly had to change the guest list from 600 to 450 attendees in an effort to follow government-mandated guidelines concerning the ongoing virus. Guests are also expected to wear a mask and show proof of vaccination. Since the event will be more exclusive than ever, everyone’s wondering who will make the cut. ARMYs are crossing their fingers their favorite K-pop group scored an invite. So, will BTS attend the 2021 Met Gala? Let’s take a look.

The group has been rumored to appear at the Met Gala ever since July 21 when Korea’s President, Moon Jae-in, announced BTS would join him in New York City for the 76th UN General Assembly this fall. The session will begin on Sept. 14, which is just a day after the Met Gala takes place on Sept. 13, although the General Debate will take place from Sept. 21 to Sept. 27. Fans thought there was a good possibility the group could arrive in NYC early to attend both the Met Gala and UN General Assembly.

So far, A-list celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé, and Kim Kardashian are rumored to attend this year’s show. All three are no strangers to the event, as they’ve each appeared on the Met Gala red carpet several times. Despite being the biggest group in the world, however, BTS has yet to appear at any Met Gala event. After all the success they’ve achieved with their singles like “Dynamite” and “Butter,” ARMYs are convinced BTS is a name that can’t be left off this year’s guest list.

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Some “evidence” ARMYs had to back up their theory was BTS was also rumored to perform at the 2021 VMAs on Sept. 12 in NYC, meaning if they fly early to the United States, they could be planning to attend the Met Gala, UN General Assembly, and the VMAs.

ARMYs had hope BTS would go to the U.S. early but when the day for the VMAs finally arrived, the group didn’t attend the ceremony in person. Instead, they sent video message filmed in Korea to fans. Turns out, on Sept. 10, AllKPop reported BTS will meet with President Moon Jae-in on Sept. 14 in Korea before heading to the U.S. to attend the UN General Assembly in New York on Sept. 21, indirectly confirming they wouldn’t be attending the Met Gala.

Although BTS couldn’t attend the 2021 Met Gala, there’s always next year, ARMYs!

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