Taylor Swift took home the top prize at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday before closing the show with a surprisingly big announcement: her new album.
“I thought it would be a nice moment to tell you that my new album will be out on October 21,” Swift said after winning Video of the Year for her project “All Too Well: The Short Film” (10 version). minutes), which claimed the best long form video and direction. “I’ll tell you more at midnight.”
Swift said on social media that her upcoming 10th studio album would be called “Midnights,” which she says will contain “stories of 13 sleepless nights spanning my life.” Her upcoming album comes after she released “Folklore” and “Evermore”. Both projects came out two years ago with an interval of five months. “Folklore” won Album of the Year at the 2021 Grammy Awards.
The pop star’s reveal came at the end of her acceptance speech in which she praised the other women in the category, including Doja Cat and Olivia Rodrigo.
“I know with every second of this moment that we couldn’t make this short film without you – the fans,” she said. “I wouldn’t be able to re-record my albums if it wasn’t for you. You encouraged me to do that.”
Swift previously spoke about making her first short film, thanking several people, including actors Sadie Sink and Dylan O’Brien who starred in the project.
“We put our whole heart into this,” Swift said.
Rapper Jack Harlow made his mark throughout the show. He kicked off the show with a performance on a mock plane that walked down the aisle while performing his hit song “First Class,” sampled by Fergie’s “Glamorous.” The rapper joined Fergie onstage – who wore a sparkly silver dress with the red words “First Class” – as she sang her 2006 jam.
“Thank you to Fergie for coming out with me tonight and clearing this song,” Harlow said after “First Class” won the song of the summer award later in the show. “The great thing about this song is that people don’t realize it’s hip-hop because of the sampling. To bring Fergie into the mix in this way means the world to me. It really comes full circle. ‘Glamorous’ was one of the most important songs of my childhood.”
On the show, Depp made a surprise appearance as the Moon Man, nearly three months after the verdict in his defamation trial with his former wife Amber Heard. The 59-year-old actor appeared to float from the ceiling while wearing the iconic astronaut outfit with his face digitally in the custom helmet.
“And you know what? I needed the work,” Depp told the audience at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
Lizzo had Taylor Swift dance out of her chair as she performed her new single “2 Be Loved (Am I Ready)”. Lizzo won an award for video for ‘About Damn Time’ for good.
Harlow’s name was called to get right back on stage to take home the show’s first prize for his guest appearance on Lil Nas X’s “Industry Baby” song, which won for Best Collaboration, Art Direction, and Visual Effects. Harlow, Lil Nas X and Kendrick Lamar each entered the awards with seven nominees.
“This one’s for the champions,” said Lil Nas X before Harlow thanked him for collaborating on the charts.
In addition to performing and winning awards, Harlow joined LL Cool J and Nicki Minaj as the show’s hosts.
Minaj performed a medley of the biggest hits of her career, from “Roman’s Revenge”, “Chun-Li”, “Moment 4 Life”, “Beez in the Trap”, “Anaconda” and “Super Bass”. After her set, the rapper took home the show’s Video Vanguard award, which MTV claims to receive for her artistry, groundbreaking hip-hop and status as a global superstar. The honor is named after Michael Jackson.
During her acceptance speech, Minaj paid tribute to other music icons such as Jackson, Whitney Houston and Lil Wayne. She spoke about the importance of mental health.
“I wish people took mental health seriously, even if you think they have the perfect life,” said Minaj, who later won best hip-hop for her song “Do We Have a Problem?” with Lil Baby.
Harry Styles won album of the year for ‘Harry’s House’. He was unable to attend the awards ceremony because of his show at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Bad Bunny performed his hit song “Titi Me Pregunto” from Yankee Stadium after being named Artist of the Year.
“I said it and I always believed from the beginning that I could grow up,” he said. “That I could become one of the biggest stars in the world without having to change my culture, my language, my jargon. I am Benito Antonio Martínez from Puerto Rico to the whole world, thank you!”
Eminem and Snoop Dogg brought the metaverse to the VMAs when the duo performed “From the D 2 The LBC,” featured on Eminem’s greatest hits album “Curtain Call 2.”
The Red Hot Chili Peppers take the stage as the recipients of the Global Icon Award after being introduced by Cheech & Chong as their ‘all-time favorite band’. The band – which consists of Anthony Kiedis, Flea, Chad Smith and John Frusciante – performed several songs, including their classic “Can’t Stop” from the 2002 album “By the Way” and their recent hit “Black Summer”, who won best rock.
Flea gave a speech about his love for people, along with cockroaches, trees and dirt. Smith, the band’s drummer, dedicated the award to Taylor Hawkins, the late Foo Fighters drummer who passed away early this year.
“I dedicate this to Taylor and his family,” he said. “I love them and I miss him every day.”
Madonna, who is the most awarded artist in MTV history with 20 wins, became the only artist to receive a nomination in each of the five decades of the VMAs. She earned her 69th nomination for her 14th studio album ‘Madame X’.