Alicia Keys
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 13: Alicia Keys attends The 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 13, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/MG21/Getty Images For The Met Museum/Vogue)

The 2021 Met Gala is the content-fuelled gift that keeps on giving. For those in lockdown (hello, Sydney) it’s a chance to vicariously live through something other than Netflix. And for people state-side, it’s exactly the kind of glamorous sign that things have returned to some sort of normal. Following New York Fashion Week, the MTV Video Music Awards and the Met Gala, Manhattan finally lived up to its title: the city that never sleeps.

Fans of Alicia Keys are certainly feeling the good vibes and gathered at the pop star’s hotel overnight to receive a first glimpse at her Met Gala look. As she stepped out in a bespoke layered tule gown by AZ Factory, the crowd began singing her hit track “Empire State of Mind” at the top of their lungs.

Watch the moment on Instagram below.

Given NYC’s many attempts of a comeback (including that rained-out concert), it’s the kind of fleeting moment we all really need. Perhaps the concrete jungle is really back for good! We can only pray.

Keys paired her stark white dress with Van Cleef & Arpels all-diamond pieces: Rayons Blancs necklace from the Maison’s Sous Les Étoiles High Jewelry collection, À Cheval earrings and bracelet, and Perlée cuff bracelet. Adding extra wow-fact, her hair was covered in tiny diamantés.

Keys hosted one of the highly-publicised afterparties of the evening with Cincoro Tequila. Attendees included the likes of  Channing Tatum, Zoe Kravitz, Leonardo DiCaprio and girlfriend Camila Morrone, Queen Latifah, Serena and Venus Williams, Elon Musk, Ciara, Timberland and Gabrielle Union.

The evening prior Keys performed at the VMAs alongside Swaelee.

Panoramic footage: Getty Images Video