By Lisa Richwine and Danielle Broadway
(Reuters) – Taylor Swift won top honors at MTV’s annual Video Music Awards on Sunday for a 10-minute version of her 2012 split “All Too Well” and made a surprise announcement of a new album to be released in October.
The singer thanked fans from the stage at the Prudential Center in New Jersey as she accepted the honor, the 14th VMA of her career. “All Too Well” is one of the earlier hits Swift re-recorded after a dispute with her former record label.
“We couldn’t have made this short film if it wasn’t for you, the fans,” Swift said, before revealing that her next album will be released on October 21.
Called “Midnights,” the album will tell the stories of “13 sleepless nights scattered throughout my life,” the singer said in a Twitter post after her win.
Also at the VMAs, Puerto Rican singer Bad Bunny was named artist of the year and presented with the Moon Person statue at New York’s Yankee Stadium, where he played a concert to a sold-out crowd.
Former Disney Channel star Dove Cameron, singer of the hits “Breakfast” and “Boyfriend,” was named best new artist. “This year has been so wild,” she said, dedicating her award “to all the queer kids out there.”
Other winners included Harry Styles, who received the album of the year trophy for “Harry’s House” and accepted via video from nearby Madison Square Garden, where he was due to perform.
Actor Johnny Depp, who had been barred from the entertainment business during a defamation dispute with ex-wife Amber Heard, appeared briefly throughout the show, his face digitally inside the helmet of a floating astronaut .
“I need the job,” the actor joked. [L1N30501H]
Nicki Minaj was honored with the Video Vanguard Award for her career in hits. The singer performed a medley of “Anaconda,” “Super Bass” and other songs before paying tribute to artists who inspired her.
“I wish Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson were here,” Minaj said. “I wish people understood what they meant, what they were going through (and) took mental health seriously.”
Snoop Dogg and Eminem rapped “From the D 2 the LBC” as animations inside “Otherside,” an upcoming metaverse platform from NFT and cryptocurrency company Yuga Labs.
Other performers included K-pop group Blackpink and globally revered icon the Red Hot Chili Peppers, introduced by comedians Cheech and Chong.
Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow won Best Collaboration for “Industry Baby.”
The show opened with Harlow singing ‘First Class’, dressed as a flight attendant, before entering the arena to join former Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie to perform ‘Glamorous’.
Lizzo, dressed in a pink Barbie outfit and combat boots, followed with “2 Be Loved (Am I Ready).” The great singer later won an award for “About Damn Time” and told the audience that she would not be using the stage to “return applause” to critics.
“Because I win!” she exclaimed.
(Reporting by Lisa Richwine; Editing by Clarence Fernandez and Stephen Coates)