While star after star dressed in the most avant-garde red carpet fashion of the year at the 2018 Met Gala, there was one celebrity notably missing: Kanye West.

While his fans had somewhat expected him to attend the event alongside his wife Kim Kardashian, he chose instead to skip the festivities entirely, prompting some raised eyebrows.

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The rapper has been sparking plenty of controversy lately, but he stayed home instead of joining Kardashian at the Met Gala for other reasons, as Kardashian later clarified. When West tweeted a photo of Kim wearing Versace with a bunch of fire emojis, she responded with an answer to fans' questions about why he didn't join her.

"Love you babe wish you were here with meeeeee but you’re only finishing up 5 albums," she wrote. Sounds like he's got a lot on his plate. West has not been to the Met Gala since 2016, but it seems like he missed out on a lot.

This year's Met Gala theme is the controversial "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination," and it was clear from the start it would bring out some A-list fashion moments, as this event tends to do.

Everyone from Madonna to Rihanna to Princess Diana has walked the famous Met Gala walk, but even so, West was missed by his fans.

Maybe next year.