Here are 6 other massive artists that were also forced to cancel their tours over the years.
It's true: Elton John is postponing his farewell tour.
The legendary pop star said after he sustained a fall that he was in a considerable amount of pain. In a statement, he wrote that he unfortunately will have to undergo major hip surgery and reschedule his Farewell tour.
"Despite intensive physio and specialist treatment, the pain has continued to get worse and is leading to increasing difficulties moving," he wrote. "I have been advised to have an operation as soon as possible to get me back to full fitness and make sure there are no long-term complications."
While we send Elton John the best wishes and hopes for a speedy recovery, he is far from the first artist to have to cancel a tour due to health issues or an injury. Here are just six other massive artists that were also forced to cancel their tours over the years.
In July of 2017, Bieber announced after performing a handful of dates on his Purpose world tour that he would be unexpectedly canceling the remaining dates. In a vague statement, the pop star wrote that he was "grateful and honored to have shared that experience with his cast and crew for over 150 successful shows across six continents during this run." He added that "after careful consideration" that he simply "decided he will not be performing any further dates."
A month later, Bieber clarified the reason behind his decision, citing mental health issues that he felt needed addressing. "I let my broken relationships dictate the way I acted toward people and the way I treated them," he wrote on Instagram. "I let bitterness, jealously and fear run my life...Me taking this time right now is me saying I want to be SUSTAINABLE. I want my career to be sustainable, but I also want my mind heart and soul to be sustainable. So that I can be the man I want to be, the husband I eventually want to be and the father I want to be."
Bieber's former flame even once had to cancel her tour due to mental health issues. Selena Gomez was in the middle of her 2016 Revival Tour when she decided to cancel half her dates and take a year off from music. She told fans in a statement published by PEOPLE that she had been diagnosed with Lupus and that the disease resulted in a mix "anxiety, panic attacks and depression."
"I want to be proactive and focus on maintaining my health and happiness and have decided that the best way forward is to take some time off," she said. "Thank you to all my fans for your support. You know how special you are to me, but I need to face this head on to ensure I am doing everything possible to be my best. I know I am not alone by sharing this, I hope others will be encouraged to address their own issues."
After a handful of bizarre rants and celebrity feuds placed a dark cloud over 2016's Saint Pablo Tour, Kanye West abruptly canceled what was left of the tour after he was hospitalized in Los Angeles for sleep deprivation and exhaustion. Little information emerged regarding his condition as his weeks-long stay dragged on, with mental health experts at one point weighing in on what exactly was going on with Mr. West. After his release, he came out and said that he had been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and that he experienced manic episodes that led to debilitating paranoia. He confirmed that he is not medicated for the condition.
In 2011, Adele was forced to cancel her U.S. and U.K. tour dates after her vocal chord hemorrhaged and resulted in her having to get surgery. "She is to undergo surgery to alleviate the current issues with her throat and a full recovery is expected," read a statement per Billboard. "As a result, doctors have ordered her to rest her voice and completely recuperate before looking to schedule any work commitments."
The hemorrhage was due to laryngitis, and she continued to battle the disease throughout the year. On her blog, Adele spoke on two moments in particular when her voice "suddenly switched off like a light! it was literally as if someone pulled a curtain over my throat."
Another artist forced to sideline their tour due to hip surgery, Lady Gaga was forced to make a similar cancellation to Elton John in 2013 when her Born This Way Ball tour was abruptly cut short after she suffered an intense hip injury that required surgery. Gaga later reaffirmed that the injury was indeed severe, as she said the injury resulted in "a hole in my hip the size of a quarter."
She added in an interview with Women's Wear Daily that her injury was "actually a lot worse than just a labral tear. I had broken my hip...The surgeon told me that if I had done another show I might have needed a full hip replacement. I would have been out at least a year, maybe longer."
In 2014, Lorde decided to cancel the entire Australian segment of our Pure Heroine Tour. The decision came after the singer developed a "really nasty chest infection" that left her ill and in desperate need of R&R. She returned home and wrote on Twitter that she was "so, so gutted" for disappointing her fans. "My parents and my team stepped in telling me I needed a break after being non-stop since the Grammys in January," she wrote. "We will 100% be back for this tour (most likely in November) so don't worry about that."
So many disappointments that not even Rihanna could save us.
Let's just say it: the Met Gala was … embarrassing.
We waited two years, we speculated for months, and then the night finally came and it was disappointing at best, but more aptly described as a horror show of mediocrity and misses. And then we woke up the day after and had to remember that no, it wasn't a dream.
The theme was "A Lexicon in American Fashion" and if you're wondering what that meant, so was everyone else. The current trends of maximalism were at odds with the classic silhouettes which inspired the theme. The unclear references and lackluster looks had little to say about American Fashion.
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In fact, most of the looks just made us cringe.
Controversial guests like Addison Rae and Madison Beer proved the skeptics correct by pulling up looking like they were going to the prom in ill fitting dresses and mall-like makeup.
And some of the more statement outfits fell so flat they were hard to look at. I mean … I can barely believe Ciara wore a neon green sequined cutout dress, let alone that it was emblazoned with a jersey number and that she accessorized with a football — Kaepernick is somewhere taking a knee.
Not even Rihanna could save us.
After showing up at the final hour, Rihanna finally made it to the red carpet draped in a blanket-like cape with a fitted headdress and cap. Honestly, the look was glamorous and dramatic. However, all the pictures with her goofy boyfriend kind of ruined it.
Even the highly anticipated guests of the night were controversial. The elephant in the room: Timothee Chalamet wore converse. And sweatpants? The outfit was confusing and the juxtaposition was debatably successful — but his charm carried it.
Yet, between groans of disappointment, there were bright spots, glimmers of hope. Thank God for the few, brave soldiers who dared to dress well for the Met Gala. Here are some of our favorites.
The undisputed winner of the night, Iman wore one of the only looks of the night that screamed: I AM AT THE MET GALA. Not a detail was spared. She donned a gold brocade jumpsuit with flared pants, which served as the base for the tiered feather skirt with a matching circular feathered headdress. From the dramatic shapes, the golden details inspired by America's Golden Age, and the haloed headdress, Iman was one of the only guests who understood the assignment.
25-year-old designer Harris Reed is famous for "fighting for the beauty of fluidity," playing with beauty and gender and playfulness — all of which came through in this incredible look.
Take notes: sheer dresses are IN. The theme of the season so far has been skin, but of all the sheer looks so far, Zoe Kravitz in YSL. The metal dress, the metal underwear, goodnight.
Inspired by Josephine Baker, Yara Shadi's dress was a masterclass in intricacies. The details of the elegant lace and the curled hair to resemble Baker were dramatized by the long veil that trailed behind her on the carpet. The mix of subtlety and drama was a feat by designer Jason Bolden in one of the most stunning looks of the night.
Another masterpiece of elegance was Anok Yai. The model's whole look is goosebump-inducing, from the jewel encrusted gown, the feather boa, and the slicked back pixie cut. A vision.
This was the year that specific designers showcased their individual talent. From the few Great looks emerged a pattern: the same newer, younger designers were the ones bringing all the creativity. One such designer was BODE. The menswear brand went all out, and one standout look was for Lorde. The religion-inspired look was an elegant silhouette adorned with American ephemera for a whimsical but beautiful look.
GQ's Will Welch also wore custom BODE in one of the only standout preppy looks from the night. Inspired by American icons like Ralph Lauren, as well as folksy patchwork, this suit was one of the most interesting looks of the night.
True to his Texas roots, Leon Bridges also brought it in BODE, giving the best Western inspired look of the night. While other takes on the West felt too overdone — we're looking at you J-Lo — Bridges wore a finger denim jacket and studded pants, accessorized with cowboy boots, a cowboy hat, and cartier jewelry — only in America.
Another designer that pulled out all the stops was Thom Browne. Every single look was an inventive take on suiting, tailoring, and the classic black and white. One such standout was Pete Davidson, who wore a classic Thom Browne look: a skirt. The designer is famous for his male skirts and a bleach blonde Davidson, knee tattoos and all, pulled off the immaculately shaped and fitted suit jacket and skirt combo with confidence and ease.
Pose star MJ Rodriguez was one of the night's standouts in another master class in shape by Thom Browne. Instead of going for the classic clean lines, Browne proved his versatility by dressing Rodriguez in a "balloon-sleeve tuxedo shirt and button-back draped skirt."
But that description does not do justice to the elegance of the spiral skirt or the drama of the sleeves, and certainly not to the energy that MJ carried onto the carpet — with an air of confidence and performance that was sorely lacking.
Eryka Badu can do no wrong. And neither can Thom Browne. Together, this Met Gala look was both sophisticated and sleep-inspired. Badu's top hat and suspenders, contrasted with the blanket-like robe in a look Browne described as a "black silk duchess satin down stole, sportcoat and suspender skirt in black cavalry twill." An instant classic.
We're all here for the resurgence of Megan Fox — especially when MGK is not implicated. After a stunning slate of looks at NYFW and the VMAs, Fox did not disappoint. The actress wore a dramatic red Peter Dundas gown, but what really made her look was her dramatic hair and makeup.
Nia Dennis, Ella Emhoff and Julia Garner
In Stella McCartney, the trio were the best iteration of the red, white, and blue. Dennis opened the ceremony with a gymnastics show in a blue jumpsuit, celebrating both physicality and fashion. Emhoff wore an all red tracksuit with a sequined bodice, blending the elegant with the casual. Lastly, Garner wore a sheer bedazzled dress — which was a recurring theme of the night.
Michaela Coel in deep violet sequins? No notes. Stunning. No talk about Kim's Balenciaga; only this look will be discussed here. The explosion of color offset the simplicity of the shape in the most dramatic way for a bold, memorable look.
Troye Sivan, former YouTuber and now pop star, was in one of the simplest but best looks of the night. The deceptively simple gown played with shape in the best way with its elegant circles and rounded cutouts. We love him, we love it.
Finally, another look which understood the assignment! Jeremey O'Harris in a black palazzo suit and yellow Tommy Hilfiger puffer. That's all.
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Fashion Week, Venice Film Festival, VMAs, oh my!
Fall fashion so far? A feast.
Due to the pandemic and vaccine rollout, many major fashion events were pushed to later in the year and, now that it's later in the year, we're getting a year and a half worth of looks in one month.
September struck like the fairy godmother slipping celebrity Cinderella's out of their quarantine tie dye sweatshirts and into looks a year in the making.
But with great highs always come great lows.
This pandemic year also wrought a new generation of internet stars in the form of TikTok influencers. While people scoffed at Charli D'Amelio at Fashion Week in February 2020, the past year and a half has been an incubator for TikTok fame and now many of her peers join her in prominent positions at high profile shows.
There are even rumors that many TikTok stars will be attending the highly selective slate of celebrities at the Met Gala this year — please God let the Addison x Beyoncé table seating rumors be fake.
But even if I have to endure Addison, Charli, or even James Charles, known groomer and rumored Met Gala attendee, on the red carpet, it might just be worth it if the looks from Venice Film Festival and New York Fashion Week are indicative of the looks we can anticipate for the rest of the season.
Everyone was serving — and even if it wasn't good it was something! Anything! After so long deprived of high fashion, it's euphoric to see celebrities stepping out of their ultra casual wear and into intricate inventions of some designer's mind.
And yes, I'll still be in my sweatpants, still in my bed, judging the details of items I'll never be able to afford, but that's what fashion is about! The spectacle, the performance, the wearer turned into an art piece to be critiqued.
So many looks of this season are already iconic. And so many long-awaited pairings have come to fruition on the red carpet.
Obviously we are talking about the highly anticipated Dune press tour, and more specifically, Zendaya and Timothee Chalamet. Like, c'mon. Our expectations were high. And the two surpassed them immediately and did not quit.
There was also giant fan speculation around the relationship between Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain, whose press tour for A Marriage (not to be confused with the other film of an almost identical name and almost identical premise, Marriage Story) employed the same PR mastery as Gaga and Bradley Cooper's press tour for A Star is Born.
That, plus the Bennifer Red carpet debut? All in gorgeous gowns with good, clean, low stakes drama? Nature is healing.
As if that weren't enough, the VMAs took place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Sunday September 12th, offering up another occasion for sartorial spectacle. The night was overwhelmingly defined by experimentation and drama — with bold color palettes, dramatic shapes, and even props making their way to the carpet.
And as fashion week draws to a close and we all come down from the VMAs, the industry is in quick preparation for the Met Gala, the theme of which is " In America: A Lexicon of Fashion." This year's gala will see the incredible slate of hosts — in case you are nothing like us and somehow forgot, here's the recap: Timothee Chalamet, Naomi Osaka, Amanda Gorman, and Billie Eilish — we're looking back at some of the best looks of the season from the past week in anticipation of the Met red carpet.
Here are some of our favorites:
Timothee Chalamet and Zendaya
The obvious stars of Venice, Timmy and Zendaya each served up a procession of instantly iconic looks. The two managed to outdo themselves every night, without overshadowing each other.
The pair's first look of the festival set the tone for the rest of the week. Zendaya stunned in a nude Balmain gown made of "sculpturally structured leather" using a cast of her torso. The folds and shape of the dress were inspired by the intricacies of Greco-Roman statues, making Zendaya look even more like a goddess than usual.
Not to be outdone, Timothee Chalamet appeared beside her in Haider Ackermann, the same brand who outfitted him in his iconic silver suit at Venice in 2019. This time, the star wore a black sequined suit — but these were not the sequins you got from Justice when you were 13. The intricately sewed sequin fabric literally sparkled when it caught the light, making it another win for Timmy.
Woman of the people Dakota Johnson is so Relatable that it's surprising to see her out of her jeans and loafers. But when it comes to red carpets, she doesn't disappoint. Dressed by Gucci's Alessandro Michele, she looked ethereal in a sheer gown with a tulle underlay, teardrop bejeweled lining, and a crystal fringed cape.
Youtuber Bretman Rock is one of the most likable stars on the internet. His looks at New York Fashion Week were some of the best and most consistent of the week. Playing with texture, color, print, and gender, Bretman did not hold back as look after look was a risk that paid off.
Let's get this out of the way: Olivia Rodrigo deserved to win artist of the year. Who else had the cultural impact she did? Certainly not Justin Bieber, who actually won the award. But he didn't beat her out for Best Dressed, that's for sure.
Though SZA missed the red carpet getting ready for the VMA's, her look didn't disappoint. She wore a sculpted, 3D printed top by Nusi Quero with a sweeping champagne colored skirt.
What we're learning from the season so far: fashion is back and bigger than ever. It's an age of experimentation, celebration of patterns and color, and form. The Met Gala better bring that same energy