Taylor Swift announces new album at MTV VMAs

BY: bbc
Taylor Swift (Picture: PA MEDIA)

TAYLOR Swift announced a new album as she scooped the top prize at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) on Sunday.

The singer won several prizes at the event including the coveted best video, for All Too Well (10-Minute Version).

Swift said she was "so honoured" to win the prize, and took the opportunity to tell fans her next album Midnights would be released on 21 October.

Other winners included Billie Eilish and Harry Styles, while Johnny Depp made a pre-recorded appearance.

Here are some of the highlights from Sunday's ceremony.

Swift success

Swift made her announcement in the final moments of the show, which was hosted by Nicki Minaj, Jack Harlow and LL Cool J.

Accepting the night's top prize, the singer said: "I'm so honoured to have been recognised alongside such amazing artists and directors.

"I'm just so proud of what we made and with every second of this moment and we wouldn't have been able to make this short film if it wasn't for the fans."

She added: "I wouldn't be able to re-record my albums if it wasn't for you... you emboldened me to do that."

Swift is currently re-recording her first five albums in an effort to regain control of her music, following a dispute with music mogul Scooter Braun.

A newly-extended version of All Too Well, the video for which won three VMAs in total, was taken from the re-recorded version of her 2012 album Red.

The video for All Too Well, which stars Stranger Things actress Sadie Sink and Teen Wolf's Dylan O'Brien, also won best direction and best longform video.

Swift told the audience: "Because you've been so generous, I thought it might be a fun moment to tell you that my brand new album comes out on October 21."

She later released further details of the album on her Twitter account. Swift described the new album as a "collection of music written in the middle of the night, a journey through terrors and sweet dreams".

Johnny Depp 'available for weddings'

The VMA show was sprinkled with digital appearances from actor Johnny Depp, who was projected on to the face of the VMAs' famous Moon Man mascot.

"I needed the work," the actor joked as the ceremony was opened, later adding that he was available for "birthdays, bar mitzvahs, bat mitzvahs, weddings, wakes, anything you need... anything".

Harry Styles was 'just down the road'

British nominees largely lost out to US counterparts at this year's awards, with only Harry Styles taking home a major prize with Album of the Year.

The 28-year-old apologised to fans for his absence at the show despite being "just down the road" performing at Madison Square Garden in New York.

This year's VMAs took place less than an hour away at the Prudential Centre in Newark, New Jersey.

The Notes app came to Nicki's rescue

Minaj was the recipient of this year's Video Vanguard Award, which recognises artists who have consistently produced creative and influential music videos.

The US rapper performed a medley of her songs as she made her entrance at the ceremony - including Monster, Super Bass and her current number one hit Super Freaky Girl, which samples the original Rick James classic.

Minaj said she had "never ever written a speech in her life", but went offstage to retrieve her phone to read her notes as she accepted the award from members of her fan club, known as the Barbz.

Snoop and Slim Shady entered the metaverse

Eminem and Snoop Dogg gave a trippy "metaverse" performance of their collaborative track From The D 2 The LBC.

The rap legends appeared live on a sofa at the awards, with Snoop smoking an enormous joint, before the performance turned animated.

The pair transformed into cartoon versions of themselves as well as projections of Bored Ape NFTs, before returning to the live show for an explosive finale.

Tributes to Taylor Hawkins

Red Hot Chili Peppers were presented with the global icon by US comedy-stoner duo Cheech and Chong.

The band's bassist Flea dedicated the band's award to Taylor Hawkins, the late drummer of the Foo Fighters.

Hawkins, who died in March aged 50, played with Foo Fighters for more than two decades.

The winners in full

Global Icon Award: Red Hot Chili Peppers

Video Vanguard Award: Nicki Minaj

Video of the Year: Taylor Swift - All Too Well (10-minute version) (Taylor's version)

Artist of the Year: Bad Bunny

Song of the Year: Billie Eilish - Happier Than Ever

Best New Artist: Dove Cameron

Push Performance of the Year: Seventeen - Rock With You

Best Collaboration: Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow: Industry Baby

Best Pop: Harry Styles - As It Was

Best Hip-Hop: Nicki Minaj ft. Lil Baby - Do We Have a Problem?

Best Rock: Red Hot Chili Peppers - Black Summer

Best Alternative: Måneskin - I Wanna Be Your Slave

Best Latin: Anitta - Envolver

Best R&B: The Weeknd - Out of Time

Best K-Pop: Lisa - Lalisa

Video for Good: Lizzo - About Damn Time

Best Metaverse Performance: Blackpink The Virtual

Best Longform Video: Taylor Swift - All Too Well (10-minute version) (Taylor's version)

Best Cinematography: Harry Styles - As It Was

Best Direction: Taylor Swift: All Too Well (10-minute version) (Taylor's version)

Best Art Direction: Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow - Industry Baby

Best visual effects: Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow - Industry Baby

Best Choreography: Doja Cat - Woman

Best Editing: Rosalía - Saoko

Group of the Year: BTS

Song of the Summer: Jack Harlow - First Class

Album of the Year: Harry Styles - Harry's House