Taylor Swift announces new album as she wins top prize

The singer won several prizes at the event including the coveted best video, for All Too Well (10-Minute Version).

In Summary

•Swift is currently re-recording her first five albums in an effort to regain control of her music, following a dispute with music mogul Scooter Braun.

•A newly-extended version of All Too Well, the video for which won three VMAs in total, was taken from the re-recorded version of her 2012 album Red.

 

The video for All Too Well was lifted from an album Swift re-recorded in an effort to regain control of her music
The video for All Too Well was lifted from an album Swift re-recorded in an effort to regain control of her music
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Taylor Swift announced a new album as she scooped the top prize at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) on Sunday.

The singer won several prizes at the event including the coveted best video, for All Too Well (10-Minute Version).

Swift said she was "so honoured" to win the prize, and took the opportunity to tell fans her next album Midnights would be released on 21 October.

Other winners included Billie Eilish and Harry Styles, while Johnny Depp made a pre-recorded appearance.

Here are some of the highlights from Sunday's ceremony.

Swift made her announcement in the final moments of the show, which was hosted by Nicki Minaj, Jack Harlow and LL Cool J.

Accepting the night's top prize, the singer said: "I'm so honoured to have been recognised alongside such amazing artists and directors.

"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 added: "I wouldn't be able to re-record my albums if it wasn't for you... you emboldened me to do that."

Swift is currently re-recording her first five albums in an effort to regain control of her music, following a dispute with music mogul Scooter Braun.

A newly-extended version of All Too Well, the video for which won three VMAs in total, was taken from the re-recorded version of her 2012 album Red.

The video for All Too Well, which stars Stranger Things actress Sadie Sink and Teen Wolf's Dylan O'Brien, also won best direction and best longform video.

Swift told the audience: "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."

She later released further details of the album on her Twitter account. Swift described the new album as a "collection of music written in the middle of the night, a journey through terrors and sweet dreams".

The VMA show was sprinkled with digital appearances from actor Johnny Depp, who was projected on to the face of the VMAs' famous Moon Man mascot.

"I needed the work," the actor joked as the ceremony was opened, later adding that he was available for "birthdays, bar mitzvahs, bat mitzvahs, weddings, wakes, anything you need... anything".

The appearance followed Depp's victory in the multi-million dollar defamation lawsuit against former partner Amber Heard.

It marks the latest move in Depp's gradual return to the spotlight. It was recently announced he will appear in the film Jeanne Du Barry, produced by French company Why Not Productions, which will mark his first starring role since the trial.

He is also set to direct his first feature film in 25 years, about the Italian painter and sculptor Amedeo Modiglia.

British nominees largely lost out to US counterparts at this year's awards, with only Harry Styles taking home a major prize with album of the year.

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.

"Thank you so so much for this award," he said in a video message. "I know this is a fan-voted award, I'd like to say thank you to all of my fans who voted, thank you so so much, I obviously wouldn't be holding this if it wasn't for you.

"I'm sorry I can't be on stage with you tonight, I'm about to go on stage just down the road, but I hope you're having a wonderful evening."

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