Perhaps Taylor Swift hadn’t been expecting to win her fourth Grammy award for Album Of The Year later on in the night, because she’d already taken the opportunity earlier in the evening to announce a brand new album from the stage during her acceptance speech for the Best Pop Vocal Album award.
The singer shocked her fans by announcing that The Tortured Poets Department would be coming out in the Spring as she took to the stage to collect the Grammy award for Best Pop Vocal Album.
As the award was announced by Bono from the Irish rock band U2, Swift hugged her long-time producer Jack Antonoff and Lana Del Rey, who has recently announced an Antonoff produced country album of her own. Olivia Rodrigo and Ed Sheeran were among the Grammy ceremony attendees wildly applauding as she walked to the stage in a flowing white strapless gown and long black gloves.
Despite fan speculation that the singer would soon be announcing the release date for Reputation (Taylor’s Version) – the last of two remaining re-record albums in her series of Taylor’s Version albums – Taylor Swift surprised the world with another unexpected left turn.
“This is my 13th Grammy – which is my lucky number, I don’t know if I’ve ever told you that,” Swift joked in her acceptance speech “I want to say thank you to the members of the Recording Academy for voting this way. I know the way the Recording Academy voted is a direct reflection of the passion of the fans."
"So, I want to say thank you to the fans by telling you a secret that I’ve been keeping from you for the last two years, which is that my brand new album comes out April 19. It’s called The Tortured Poets Department. I’m gonna go and post the cover right now backstage. Thank you, I love you.”
She immediately posted the album cover to her socials as promised - a black and white photo of Swift lying down in a bed - along with a second photo of a handwritten note with the words, “And so I enter into evidence my tarnished coat of arms / My muses aquired like bruises / My talismans and charms / The tick, tick, tick of love bombs / My veins of pitch black ink,” before signing off, “All’s fair in love and poetry, Sincerely, The Chairman of The Tortured Poets Department.”
At the 66th Grammy Awards, Taylor Swift went on to win Album of the Year for Midnights, breaking the record for the most album of the year wins by a single artist.
Watch her acceptance speech below.
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