Sunday was a big night for Taylor Swift at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards, as she became the first artist ever to win the ceremony’s biggest award, Video of the Year, three times. She also made headlines on Sunday with her surprise onstage announcement that a new Taylor Swift album is on the way.
Swift, who won Video of the Year in 2015 for “Bad Blood” and then in 2019 for “You Need to Calm Down,” picked up another Moonperson on Sunday for “All Too Well: The Short Film,” which she directed. With this, the singer-songwriter also made VMA history as the first artist to win Video of the Year with an entirely self-directed clip (she co-directed “You Need to Calm Down” with Drew Kirsch), and for winning in the Video of the Year. year category with the longest entry ever.
Clocking in at 10 minutes, “All Too Well” also won for Best Longform Video and Best Direction. (This was Swift’s second Best Direction award, following her win in the category for 2020’s “The Man”.) In her 2022 Video of the Year speech, Swift noted that she was “boldtted by the fact that, for the first time in VMA history, four of the directors nominated in the Video of the Year category are women.”
The 10-minute “All Too Well” is from Swift’s re-recorded “Taylor’s Version” edition of her 2012 album RedBut along with recreating her back catalog—a long-term project she launched after Scooter Braun bought and sold the rights to her master recordings—Swift is naturally still focusing on new music. So, as the VMAs drew to a close on Sunday, she ended her speech with a tease, “I kind of made up my mind that if you’d be so generous and give us this, I thought maybe it would be a nice time to to tell you that my brand new album will be out on October 21. And at midnight I will tell you more…”
An hour later, Swift excitingly announced the arrival of her 10th studio album, midnight. Describing the record as “the tales of 13 sleepless nights spanning my life”, she tweeted: “We lie awake in love and in fear, in turmoil and in tears. We stare at walls and drink until they talk back. We spin in our homemade cages and pray that we are not – right now – about to make a fateful life-changing mistake.This is a collection of music written in the middle of the night, a journey through horrors and sweet dreams. “on which we pacify and the demons we face. For all of us who toss and turn and have decided to leave the lanterns on and search – in the hope that maybe we’ll meet when the clock strikes twelve.”
midnight will be Swift’s first full-length release since her 2020 Grammy-winning pandemic album Folklore and his companion record, Forever. Her only other new original music in 2021 was “Carolina,” which she wrote for the movie “Where the Crawdads Sing.” If that single gets an Academy Award nomination for Best Song next year, Swift could eventually become a double nominee and make history again: “All Too Well: The Short Film” is reportedly qualified to qualify for the Oscars’ Best Live Action Short category, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The 2022 MTV Music Awards took place on Sunday, August 28 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, and was co-hosted by Nicki Minaj, LL Cool J and Jack Harlow. Minaj also had a great night, receiving the Video Vanguard Award, while the Red Hot Chili Peppers received another honor for a lifetime, the Global Icon Award. Other performers included K-pop group BLACKPINK, country crooner Kane Brown, Italian glam rock band Måneskin, emo veterans Panic! At the Disco, EDM star Marshmello with Khalid, Lizzo, Eminem and Snoop Dogg, and Latin sensations Anitta, Bad Bunny and J Balvin. For a full list of winners, click here.
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