Taylor Swift is here to slay.
The 2022 MTV Video Music Awards were held on August 28th, 2022 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey and were hosted by Nicki Minaj, LL Cool J, and Jack Harlow.
While accepting the award, Taylor Swift said that she is heartened by the fact that this is the first time in Video Music Awards history that four of the directors nominated in the Video of the Year category are women. She added that she is incredibly honored to have been recognized alongside such amazing artists and directors and she is just proud of what they have made and with every second of this moment. They wouldn’t have been able to make the short film if it wasn’t for the fans. She added that she wouldn’t be able to re-record her albums if it weren’t for the fans. She mentioned that the fans emboldened her to do that.
Taylor Swift re-recorded her first five albums in her effort to regain control of her music after a subsequent dispute with music mogul Scooter Braun. Taylor Swift further shared while accepting the award that because the fans have been so generous, she thought that it might be a fun moment to share that her brand new album comes out on October 21st.
The crowd and the social media went into a frenzy listening to the legend announce her brand new album while accepting the award for her iconic song. Taylor Swift later shared the details of her album, which is titled "Midnight," on her social media and mentioned that the album is going to be the stories of thirteen sleepless nights scattered throughout her life.
People lay awake in love and terror, in anguish and tears, they gaze at walls and drink till they talk back, Taylor Swift said while revealing the artwork and further information for the new album. People agonize in their self-made prisons and pray that they won't make a horrible error that will immediately affect the path of their lives. According to the artist, "Midnight" is a collection of songs that she wrote in the middle of the night, bringing listeners on a journey through thrilling nightmares and enchanting dreams. Those who have tossed and turned made the decision to keep the lanterns lit and continue searching in the hopes that they would run into each other at twelve. Taylor said that people typically pace the floors while battling their demons. She also mentioned those people who have chosen to keep the lanterns burning and continue looking. Midnights, the stories of 13 sleepless nights scattered throughout her life, will be out on October 21.
Taylor Swift also won the award for best director and best long-form video for All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version) and said that she just wants to say that she is incredibly proud. Taylor Swift was up against Doja Cat's "Woman," Drake ft. Future & Young Thug 's "Way 2 Sexy," Ed Sheeran's "Shivers," Harry Styles' "As It Was," Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow's "Industry Baby," and Olivia Rodrigo's "Brutal".
Taylor Swift previously took home the Video of the Year award in 2015 for "Bad Blood" and again in 2019 for "You Need to Calm Down" and during her acceptance speech stated that she just wanted to say that this award was determined by fan votes and wanted to thank her fans because several points were made in the video. By voting for this video, they are expressing their desire for a society in which everyone is treated equally under the law regardless of who we love or how humans identify.
The Equality Act, which essentially just declares that we all deserve equal rights under the law, was the subject of a petition that was presented at the conclusion of the "You Need To Calm Down" music video, Taylor continued. The petition now has 500,000 signatures, which is five times the number required to trigger a response from the White House, and the singer said she wishes to thank everyone who signed it.