Music to fans’ ears! Taylor Swift surprised fans during the 2022 Video Music Awards when she announced a new album during her acceptance speech for Video of the Year.
“I’m just so proud of what we made,” the 32-year-old pop star said on Sunday, August 28, while accepting a Moonperson for the “All Too Well” short film. “We wouldn’t have been able to make this short film if it weren’t for you, the fans. Because I wouldn’t be able to re-record my albums if it weren’t for you. You emboldened me to do that.”
The “Getaway Car” singer went on to say that she wanted to surprise her fans to say thank you for their VMA votes. “I had sort of made up my mind that if you were gonna be this generous and give us this, I thought it might be a fun moment to tell you that my brand new album comes out October 21,” Swift told the crowd. “I will tell you more at midnight.”
The untitled project will mark the Pennsylvania native’s 10th studio album following her 2020 releases Folklore Evermore. Her last release, Red (Taylor’s Version)In November 2021, a new version of the, was released.
Earlier in the evening, the “Blank Space” songstress took home the Moonperson for Best Longform Video for her work on “All Too Well,” which also marked her directorial debut.
“Wow. Before this, I had directed and written my music videos, but I had never made a short film before,” she said during her acceptance speech. “We put our entire hearts into this trying to make something that might be worth of the love that you, the fans, have shown this song. We are so grateful for this wonderful sign that we did something right. Love you guys.”
Swift earned five VMAs nominations for the 2022 awards show — adding to her 11 trophies, which she won from 2009 to 2021.
The “Gorgeous” singer turned heads from the moment she arrived at the VMAs, walking the red carpet solo. Swift wore an Oscar de la Renta sleeveless gown that sparkled from head to toe.
Fans quickly noticed that the look was reminiscent of the musician’s Reputation album, specifically her “Look What You Made Me Do” music video from 2017. The diamond-filled frock seemed to pay homage to Swift’s bath tube scene from the video, in which she was covered with jewels.
The nod to her past record also came just days after she was officially allowed to re-record re-release “Look What You Made Me Do” following the re-record of Fearless (Taylor’s Version) and Red (Taylor’s Version).
Once inside the venue, Swift partied with her “All Too Well (Taylor’s Version)” music video star Dylan O’Brien. The short film, which was released in November 2021 featured a similar feature. Sadie Sink and a cameo by the “Lover” songstress herself.
After Fergie Lizzo took the stage shortly after the show began, Swift was spotted dancing and singing with O’Brien, 31, and more of their pals in the audience. Swift continued to rock out when she was not on stage. Nicki MinajShe performed a medley of her greatest work on the stage.