Taylor Swift sent fans into a frenzy at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards in New Jersey on Sunday night by announcing a brand-new album - moments after scooping the evening's top award.

The star took home several awards at the Prudential Centre in Newark, including the coveted Best Video and Best Longform Video for All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor's Version).

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

She said: "I'm so honoured to have been recognised 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 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."

Swift 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 21 October."

At midnight US time, Swift subsequently announced that her new album is titled Midnights and is the story of "13 sleepless nights scattered throughout my life".

She tweeted that the album was "written in the middle of the night" and described it as "a journey through terrors and sweet dreams".

Big British names 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.

Harry Styles accepted his Album of the Year award in a video message

The Slane-bound Styles apologised to fans for his absence at the show despite being "just down the road" performing at Madison Square Garden in New York.

The show was opened with a surprise performance from Fergie, who sang her hit song Glamourous and duetted on First Class with Jack Harlow.

Moments later, Harlow was handed the first award of the night, Best Collaboration, alongside Lil Nas X for their track Industry Baby.

Harlow's co-host Minaj, who received the Video Vanguard Award, performed an explosive medley of her songs as she made her entrance.

Nicki Minaj won the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award

The US rapper said she had "never ever written a speech in her life" but went offstage to retrieve her phone to read her notes as she accepted the award from members of her fan club, the Barbz.

Later, the Red Hot Chili Peppers were presented with the Global Icon Award by US comedy-stoner duo Cheech and Chong.

The band's bassist Flea dedicated the award to the late drummer of the Foo Fighters, Taylor Hawkins.

"There's another musical legend and his name is Taylor Hawkins... I miss him every day," he told the audience. "Fly on brother."

The Red Hot Chili Peppers also went on to win the Best Rock award.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers accepting the Best Rock award

Shortly after winning Best Artist, Bad Bunny gave a special performance, which was livestreamed from the 54,000-capacity Yankee Stadium in New York City.

The awards show was interspersed with strange appearances from actor Johnny Depp - projected onscreen as the ceremony's famous Moon Man.

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... anything".

The winners at the MTV Video Music Awards 2022:

Video of the Year
Taylor Swift - All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor's Version)

Artist of the Year
Bad Bunny

Album of the Year
Harry Styles - Harry's House

Song of the Year
Billie Eilish - Happier Than Ever

Group of the Year

Best New Artist
Dove Cameron

Best Pop
Harry Styles - As It Was

Best Rock
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Black Summer

Best Hip-Hop
Nicki Minaj ft Lil Baby - Do We Have a Problem?

Best Collaboration
Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow - Industry Baby

Best K-Pop
Lisa - Lalisa

Best R&B
The Weeknd - Out of Time

Best Latin
Anitta - Envolver

Best Alternative
Maneskin - I Wanna Be Your Slave

Song of the Summer
Jack Harlow - First Class

Best Longform Video
Taylor Swift - All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor's Version)

Best Direction
Taylor Swift - All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor's Version)

Video for Good
Lizzo - About Damn Time

Best Cinematography
Harry Styles - As It Was

Best Visual Effects
Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow - Industry Baby

Best Editing
Rosalía - Saoko

Best Choreography
Doja Cat - Woman

Best Metaverse Performance
Blackpink - The Virtual

Push Performance of the Year
December 2021: Seventeen - Rock with You

Video Vanguard Award
Nicki Minaj

Global Icon Award
Red Hot Chili Peppers

Source: Press Association

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