The woodland creature/NYU graduate known as Taylor Swift is one step closer to cementing her status as a Hollywood starlet: The pop icon is now a VMA-winning solo director, making history as not only the first artist to won video of the year three times, and was also the first artist to win for a video directed without a partner. Her short film for the song “All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version)” is also, fittingly, the longest-running music video ever to win in the category.
First he won for best long-form video earlier in the night, then returned to the stage later to accept video of the year. (The crowd was chanting her name before her win was even announced.) In classic Swiftian fashion, she used the moment not only to praise her devoted fan base, but also to plug an upcoming project: her next album, which will be released on October 21.
The news—and the historic win—comes as Swift seems to be building a slow but steady rise in the film and television industry, having already starred in a few films but now making more interesting moves. (He recently screened “All Too Well” at the Tribeca Film Festival; he will appear in the upcoming David O. Russell film Amsterdam? and she and boyfriend Joe Alwyn were recently spotted dining with longtime friend and TV writer/creator Lena Dunham, which couldn’t have been anything more than a friendly get-together, but could it signals something more.) But Swift is nothing if not calculated: If she moves deeper into film, she’s making sure that, in the meantime, her dominance of the pop sphere continues. Her fans don’t seem too concerned about their champion’s longevity.
Read the full transcript of Swift’s multiple VMA speeches below.
“Before this, I had directed and written my own music videos, but I had never made a short film before. So I wanted to start by saying thank you to Sadie Sink, Dylan O’Brien, my amazing cinematographer, Rina Yang, my producer Saul Germaine, and the rest of our incredible crew for trusting me, for lending me their brilliance, their talent. on their time. We put our whole hearts into it, trying to make something that might be worth the love that you, the fans, have shown this song. Thank you for this beautiful indication that we did something right. I love you guys.”
“I’m honored to be recognized alongside such amazing artists and directors in this category, and I just want to say that I’m thrilled that, for the first time in VMA history, four of the directors nominated in the Video category of the Year are women. Guys, I’m so proud of what we made and I know every second of this moment that we couldn’t have made this short film if it wasn’t for you, the fans. Because I couldn’t record my albums again if it wasn’t for you. You encouraged me to do it. And I kind of decided that if you were going to be so generous and give us this, I thought it would be a fun time to tell you that my brand new album is coming out on October 21st. And I’ll tell you more at midnight.”
See you when the clock strikes 12!
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