Is Azealia Banks Replacing Nicki Minaj At Monday’s Met Gala?

Yesterday Azealia Banks announced she would be performing at Monday’s Met Gala — but was this really the plan all along?

Nope, at least according to Page Six, who report it was actually Nicki Minaj who was supposed to perform. However, she never signed a contract and bailed last week. If this is true, Banks was a very late (though worthy and fashion-friendly) addition to the festivities. The rapper deleted her two Met Gala-related tweets some time last night, probably at the behest of Anna Wintour. (She really hates when people ruin her surprises.) We assume Banks is indeed still on the bill and that she’ll be wearing custom Alexander Wang.

That said, this Minaj business sounds about right. She palled around with Wintour at Fashion Week back in September, and she was featured in Vogue‘s March issue. And don’t forget she’s already performed at a Vogue event (one that we attended!). But what about those Jennifer Lopez rumors? Perhaps we’ll never know.

As a bit of context, last year’s performance came courtesy of Florence Welch, while Lady Gaga did the honors in 2010.

[Page Six]

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