Taylor Swift makes surprise appearance at VMAs and drops bombshell announcement with release date for new album

Taylor Swift rocked up to the VMAs unexpectedly and no one is calm (Picture: REX/Getty/@taylorswfit)

doesn’t do anything by halves, and she sent fans into a frenzy at the 2022 MTV VMAs by announcing a brand new album, moments after scooping the evening’s top award.

The pop megastar left everyone speechless when she rocked up to the red carpet unexpectedly and, in true T Swizzle style, she not only attended to pose for a few pics, but also to drop a bombshell.

She looked stunning in a bedazzled gown, covered head to toe in jewels and glittering like a human discoball.

Taylor teamed the dress with a pair of equally glitzy heels, sweeping her hair back and, of course, donning her signature red lip.

The singer – who was spotted singing and dancing along in the crowd during various performances – took home several awards on the night, including the coveted best video and best longform video, for All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version).

Taking to the stage for the second time in the evening, the former country musician said: ‘I’m so honoured to have been recognised alongside such amazing artists and directors.

The singer looked dazzling in a jewel-encrusted dress (Picture: Arturo Holmes/FilmMagic)
Of course, Taylor wore her famous red lip to complete her glitzy look (Picture: Stephen Lovekin/REX/Shutterstock)

‘For the first time in VMA history, four of the directors in the video of the year category are women.

‘You guys, 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 proceeded to thank her fans for making her feel ’emboldened’ to record her earlier albums, with Fearless (Taylor’s Version) and Red (Taylor’s Version) seeing massive success.

The Blank Space hitmaker continued to announce her new album to a venue filled with screams: ‘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.’

Jaws everywhere hit the floor as Taylor teased fans that more information would be released at midnight.

Little did they know, that the name of the highly-anticipated TS10 would be ‘Midnights’, which she describes as ‘the stories of 13 sleepless nights scattered throughout my life’.

Dylan O’Brien joined Taylor to accept the gong for his role in All Too Well’s short film (Picture: Invision)

Naturally, Swifties everywhere lost all their cool, seriously not expecting that to be the news they received after waking up this morning.

Already available to pre-order, Midnights follows evermore and Grammy-winning folklore, which Taylor dropped unexpectedly (we’re sensing a theme here) in the midst of the pandemic – does this girl ever sleep?

As for the video for All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version), the VMA-winning project features Stranger Things star Sadie Sink and Teen Wolf star Dylan O’Brien, and went viral earlier this year after fans speculated the song was based on Swift’s break-up with actor Jake Gyllenhaal.

In her speech for best longform video, Taylor thanked Sadie and Dylan, adding that the production team had ‘put their entire hearts’ into the mini film.

The 2022 VMAs was a night to remember once more, opening with a surprise performance from music superstar Fergie, who and First Class with Jack Harlow.

Meanwhile, hip hop star Nicki Minaj and performed an explosive medley of her songs as she made her entrance.

Big British names largely lost out to US counterparts at this year’s awards, with only taking home .

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.

MTV VMAs 2022 winners list

Artist of the Year

Bad Bunny WINNER

Ed Sheeran

Harry Styles

Jack Harlow

Lil Nas X

Lizzo

Song of the Year

Adele – Easy on Me

Billie Eilish – Happier Than Ever WINNER

Doja Cat – Woman

Elton John and Dua Lipa – Cold Heart (Pnau Remix)

Lizzo –  About Damn Time

The Kid Laroi and Justin Bieber – Stay

Album of the Year

Harry Styles – Harry’s House

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)

Best New Artist, Presented by Extra Gum

Baby Keem

Dove Cameron WINNER

Gayle

Latto

Seventeen

Måneskin

Push Performance of the Year

September 2021: Griff – One Night

October 2021: Remi Wolf – Sexy Villain

November 2021: Nessa Barrett – I Hope Ur Miserable Until Ur Dead

December 2021: Seventeen – Rock With You WINNER

January 2021: Mae Muller – Better Days

February 2022: Gayle – abcdefu

March 2022: Sheneesa – R U That

April 2022: Omar Apollo – Tamagotchi

May 2022: Wet Leg – Chaise Longue

June 2022: Muni Long – Baby Boo

July 2022: Doechii – Persuasive

Best Collaboration

Drake featuring Future and Young Thug – Way 2 Sexy

Elton John and Dua Lipa – Cold Heart (Pnau Remix)

Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow – Industry Baby WINNER

Megan Thee Stallion and Dua Lipa – Sweetest Pie

Post Malone and The Weeknd – One Right Now

Rosalía featuring The Weeknd – La Fama

The Kid Laroi and Justin Bieber – Stay

Best Pop

Billie Eilish – Happier Than Ever

Doja Cat – Woman

Ed Sheeran – Shivers

Harry Styles – As It Was WINNER

Lizzo – About Damn Time

Olivia Rodrigo – Traitor

Best Hip-Hop

Eminem and Snoop Dogg – From the D 2 the LBC

Future featuring Drake and Tems – Wait for U

Kendrick Lamar – N95

Latto – Big Energy

Nicki Minaj featuring Lil Baby – Do We Have a Problem? WINNER

Pusha T – Diet Coke

Best Rock

Foo Fighters – Love Dies Young

Jack White – Taking Me Back

Muse – Won’t Stand Down

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Black Summer WINNER

Shinedown – Planet Zero

Three Days Grace – So Called Life

Best Alternative

Avril Lavigne featuring Blackbear – Love It When You Hate Me

Imagine Dragons and JID – Enemy

Machine Gun Kelly featuring Willow – Emo Girl

Måneskin – I Wanna Be Your Slave WINNER

Panic! At the Disco – Viva las Vengeance

Twenty One Pilots – Saturday

Willow and Avril Lavigne featuring Travis Barker – Grow

Best Latin

Anitta – Envolver WINNER

Bad Bunny – Tití Me Preguntó

Becky G and Karol G – Mamiii

Daddy Yankee – REMIX

Farruko – Pepas

J Balvin and Skrillex – In da Getto

Best R&B

Alicia Keys – City of Gods (Part II)

Chlöe – Have Mercy

HER – For Anyone

Normani featuring Cardi B – Wild Side

Summer Walker, SZA and Cardi B – No Love (Extended Version)

The Weeknd – Out Of Time WINNER

Best K-Pop

BTS – Yet to Come (The Most Beautiful Moment)

Itzy – Loco

Lisa – LALISA WINNER

Seventeen – Hot

Stray Kids – Maniac

Twice – The Feels

Video for Good

Kendrick Lamar – The Heart Part 5

Latto – P*ssy

Lizzo – About Damn Time WINNER

Rina Sawayama – This Hell

Stromae – Fils de joie

Best Metaverse Performance

Blackpink the Virtual – PUB WINNER

GBTS – Minecraft

Charli XCX – Roblox

Justin Bieber – An Interactive Virtual Experience – Wave

Rift Tour featuring Ariana Grande – Fortnite

Twenty One Pilots Concert Experience – Roblox

Best Longform Video

Billie Eilish – Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles

Foo Fighters – Studio 666

Kacey Musgraves – Star-Crossed

Madonna – Madame X

Olivia Rodrigo – Driving Home 2 U

Taylor Swift – All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version) WINNER

Best Cinematography

Baby Keem and Kendrick Lamar – Family Ties

Camila Cabello ft Ed Sheeran – Bam Bam

Harry Styles – As It Was WINNER

Kendrick Lamar – N95

Normani ft Cardi B – Wild Side

Taylor Swift – All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version)

Best Direction

Baby Keem and Kendrick Lamar – Family Ties

Billie Eilish – Happier Than Ever

Ed Sheeran – Shivers

Harry Styles – As It Was

Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow – Industry Baby

Taylor Swift – All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version) WINNER

Best Art Direction

Adele – Oh My God

Doja Cat – Get Into It (Yuh)

Drake featuring Future and Young Thug – Way 2 Sexy

Kacey Musgraves – Simple Times

Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow – Industry Baby WINNER

Megan Thee Stallion & Dua Lipa - Sweetest Pie

Best Visual Effects

Billie Eilish – Happier Than Ever

Coldplay and BTS – My Universe

Kendrick Lamar – The Heart Part 5

Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow – Industry Baby WINNER

Megan Thee Stallion and Dua Lipa – Sweetest Pie

The Kid Laroi and Justin Bieber – Stay

Best Choreography

BTS – Permission to Dance

Doja Cat – Woman WINNER

FKA twigs featuring The Weeknd – Tears in the Club

Harry Styles – As It Was

Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow – Industry Baby

Normani featuring Cardi B – Wild Side

Best Editing

Baby Keem and Kendrick Lamar – Family Ties

Doja Cat – Get Into It (Yuh)

Olivia Rodrigo – Brutal

Rosalía – Saoko WINNER

Taylor Swift – All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version)

The Weeknd – Take My Breath

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