Taylor Swift won the top prize at the annual MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday for a 10-minute version of her 2012 song "All Too Well" and announced a new album out in October. The singer thanked fans from the stage at the Prudential Center in New Jersey as she accepted the award, the 14th VMA of her career.
"All Too Well" is one of Swift's past hits that she re-recorded after a dispute with her former label. “I’m so honored to have been recognized alongside such amazing artists and directors. 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. I wouldn’t be able to re-record my albums if it wasn’t for you… you emboldened me to do that." She continued: “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”.
Titled “Midnights,” the album is about “13 sleepless nights scattered throughout my life,” the singer said in a post on Twitter after her win. At the VMAs, Puerto Rican singer Bad Bunny was named artist of the year and presented with a Moon Person astronaut statuette at New York's Yankee Stadium, where he performed to a sold-out crowd.
Former Disney Channel star Dove Cameron, singer of the hits “Breakfast” and “Boyfriend,” was named the best new artist. "This year has been so wild," she said, dedicating the award to "all the queer kids out there." Other winners included Harry Styles, who won Album of the Year for “Harry's House”.
Johnny Depp's surprise appearance
Actor Johnny Depp, shunned by the entertainment world during his trial with ex-wife Amber Heard, made a brief appearance during the show, his face digitally inserted into the helmet of a hovering astronaut.
Floating above the stage, he was heard to say “I needed the work” as the ceremony was opened, later adding that he was available for “birthdays… weddings… any old thing you need”.