By JONATHAN LANDRUM Jr. – AP Entertainment Writer
Taylor Swift took home the top prize at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday before closing the show with a surprisingly big announcement: her new album.
“I thought it would be a fun time to tell you that my new album is coming out October 21st,” Swift said after winning video of the year for her project “All Too Well: The Short Film” (version of 10 minutes), which won Best Long Form Video and Best Direction. “I’ll tell you more at midnight.”
Swift said social media that her upcoming 10th studio album would be called “Midnights”, which she says will involve “stories of 13 sleepless nights scattered throughout my life”. His next album comes after the release of “Folklore” and “Evermore”. The two projects were released five months apart two years ago. “Folklore” won Album of the Year at the 2021 Grammy Awards.
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The pop star’s revelation came at the end of her acceptance speech where she congratulated the other women in the category – which included Doja Cat and Olivia Rodrigo.
“I know every second of this moment that we couldn’t make this short if it wasn’t for you – the fans,” she said. “I couldn’t re-record my albums if it wasn’t for you. You encouraged me to do that.
Swift spoke earlier about creating her first short, thanking several actors, including actors Sadie Sink and Dylan O’Brien, who starred in the project.
“We put our hearts into it,” Swift said.
Rapper Jack Harlow made his mark throughout the show. He kicked off the show with a performance inside a fake airplane walking down the aisle while performing his hit song “First Class,” which was sampled by Fergie’s “Glamorous.” The rapper joined Fergie on stage – who wore a sparkly silver dress with the red words “First Class” – as she sang her 2006 jam.
“Thank you Fergie for coming with me tonight and deleting that song,” Harlow said after “First Class” won Song of the Summer later on the show. “The beauty of this song is that people don’t realize it’s so hip-hop because of the sampling. Bringing Fergie into the mix in this way means the world to me. It’s really come full circle. ‘Glamorous ‘ was one of the most important songs of my childhood.
During the show, Depp made a surprise appearance as Moon Man nearly three months after the verdict of his libel lawsuit with ex-wife Amber Heard. The 59-year-old actor appeared to float from the ceiling while wearing the iconic astronaut outfit with his face digitally inserted into the custom helmet.
“And you know what? I needed the job,” Depp told the audience at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
Lizzo had Taylor Swift dancing from her seat as she performed her new single “2 Be Loved (Am I Ready)”. Lizzo won a video award for good for “About Damn Time.”
Harlow’s name was called back on stage to receive the show’s top prize for his appearance in Lil Nas X’s song “Industry Baby,” which won Best Collaboration, Art Direction and Visual Effects. Harlow, Lil Nas X and Kendrick Lamar each competed in the awards tied for main nominees with seven each.
“This one’s for the champions,” Lil Nas X said before Harlow thanked him for his collaboration on the chart-topping single.
Harlow, in addition to performing and winning awards, joined LL Cool J and Nicki Minaj as hosts of the show.
Minaj performed a medley of her career’s greatest hits from “Roman’s Revenge,” “Chun-Li,” “Moment 4 Life,” “Beez in the Trap,” “Anaconda,” and “Super Bass.” After her set, the rapper accepted the show’s Video Vanguard award, which MTV said she received for her artistry, groundbreaking hip-hop and global superstar status. The honor is named after Michael Jackson.
During her acceptance speech, Minaj paid tribute to other music icons such as Jackson, Whitney Houston and Lil Wayne. She talked about the importance of mental health.
“I want people to take mental health seriously, even if you think they have a perfect life,” said Minaj, who went on to win Best Hip-Hop for her song “Do We Have a Problem. ?” featuring Lil Baby.
Harry Styles won album of the year for ‘Harry’s House’. He was unable to attend the awards due to his show at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
Bad Bunny performed his Yankee Stadium hit “Titi Me Pregunto” after winning Entertainer of the Year.
“I said it and I always believed from the start that I could make it big,” he said. “That I could become one of the biggest stars in the world without having to change my culture, my language, my jargon. I’m Benito Antonio Martínez from Puerto Rico to the whole world, thank you!
Eminem and Snoop Dogg brought the metaverse to the VMAs as the duo performed “From the D 2 The LBC,” which was featured on Eminem’s greatest hits album “Curtain Call 2.”
The Red Hot Chili Peppers took to the stage as recipients of the Global Icon award after being touted by Cheech & Chong as their “favorite band of all time”. The band – made up of Anthony Kiedis, Flea, Chad Smith and John Frusciante – performed several songs, including their classic “Can’t Stop” from the band’s 2002 album “By the Way” and their recent hit “Black Summer”, which won the best rock.
Flea gave a speech about her love for human beings with cockroaches, trees and dirt. Smith, the band’s drummer, dedicated the award to Taylor Hawkins, the late Foo Fighters drummer, who died earlier this year.
“I dedicate this to Taylor and her family,” he said. “I love them and miss him everyday.”
Madonna, who is the most awarded artist in MTV history with 20 wins, became the only artist to receive a nomination in each of the VMAs’ five decades. She got her 69th nomination for her 14th studio album “Madame X”.
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