“I thought it might be a fun time to tell you…”

Taylor Swift accepts the award for Video of the Year for “All Too Well (10 Minute Version) at the 2022 VMAs. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images for MTV/Paramount Global)

It was a big night for Taylor Swift at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, when she became the first (and only) artist to win the ceremony’s biggest prize, video of the year, three times. He also made the biggest headlines on Sunday with his surprise on-stage 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,” took home another Moonperson on Sunday for “All Too Well: The Short Film.” , which she directed herself. With it, the singer-songwriter also made history at the VMAs as the first artist to win video of the year with an entirely self-directed music video (she co-directed “You Need to Calm Down” with Drew Kirsch) and for winning in the category with the largest participation ever.

“All Too Well,” which is 10 minutes long, also won best long-form video and best direction. (This was Swift’s second Best Director win, following her win in the category for 2020’s “The Man.”) In her acceptance speech for Video of the Year, Swift noted that she was “thrilled that, for the first time at the VMAs 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 version of her 2012 album “Taylor’s Version” Red, but along with revamping her catalog — a long-term project that began after Scooter Braun bought and sold the rights to her major recordings — Swift is still focusing on new music, of course. So, as the VMAs approached on Sunday, she closed her speech by teasing, “I had decided that if you were going to be so generous and give us that, I thought it might be a fun moment. to tell you that my brand new album will be released on October 21st. And I will tell you more at midnight…”

An hour later, Swift excitedly announced the arrival of her 10th studio album. Midnight. Describing the record as “the stories of 13 sleepless nights scattered throughout my life,” he tweeted: “We wake up with love and fear, with turmoil and with tears. We stare at the walls and drink until they talk. We curl up in our self-made cages and pray that we’re not – right now – about to make some fatal, life-changing mistake. It is a collection of music written in the middle of the night, a journey through terrors and sweet dreams. The floors we walk on and the demons we face. For all of us who have flown and turned and decided to keep the lights on and search – hoping that maybe when the clock strikes twelve… we’ll find each other.”

Midnight will be Swift’s first full-length release since her Grammy-winning Pandemic 2020 album Folklore and its accompanying file, Forever. Her only other new original music in 2021 was “Carolina”, which she wrote for the film “Where the Crawdads Sing”. If that single is nominated for a Best Song Oscar next year, Swift could end up a double nominee and make awards history again: “All Too Well: The Short Film” has reportedly qualified to be eligible for the Oscar. 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 were co-hosted by Nicki Minaj, LL Cool J and Jack Harlow. Minaj also had a big night, receiving the Video Vanguard Award, while the Red Hot Chili Peppers were presented with another lifetime achievement honor, the Global Icon Award. Other performers included K-pop group BLACKPINK, country singer Kane Brown, Italian glam-rock band Måneskin, emo veterans Panic! At the Disco, EDM stars Marshmello with Khalid, Lizzo, Eminem and Snoop Dogg and Latin sensations Anitta, Bad Bunny and J Balvin. For the full list of winners, click here.

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