It was a shocking twist.
Taylor Swift, who looked like she was paying homage to “Reputation” with her monochrome outfit, dropped a bombshell at the 2024 Grammys on Sunday. She announced that her next album would be “The Tortured Poets Department” — NOT “Reputation (Taylor’s Version)” — right after she won the best pop vocal album award for “Midnights”.
“I want to say thank you to the members of the recording acad’emy for voting this way, but I know that the way that the Recording Academy voted is a direct reflection of the passion of the fans,” 34-year-old said in her acceptance speech.
She continued, “So I want to say thank you to the fans by telling you a secret that I have been keeping from you for the last two years, which is that my brand-new album comes out April 19th it’s called The Tortured Poets Department.”
‘I’m going to go and post the cover right now backstage. Thank you, I love you! Thank you!’ she added.
She didn’t waste any time. She ran off the stage and shared the cover on Instagram — a black-and-white photo of her lying on a bed — with the caption, “All’s fair in love and poetry… New album THE TORTURED POETS DEPARTMENT. Out April 19.”
Swifties went wild online when they heard the news, because they were expecting a new re-release based on the singer’s habit of leaving “Easter eggs” — or clues about her future plans.
Swift had said that her “Reputation” era — which started after her famous fight with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West — was “a goth-punk moment of female rage,” often associated with black and green colors and snake symbols.
Fans thought they got a hint about a new “Reputation” album last month when she showed up to the Golden Globes in a green sparkly dress, looking like a snake with the slithery color.
She kept wearing green for almost a week, in a comfy Stella McCartney sweater dress and a soft velvet mini dress in the same color.
But the biggest hint that she was going to re-release “Reputation” was the Jimmy Choo x Jean Paul Gaultier boots ($2,450) she had on. They had snakes and gothic letters on them, just like the font on her 2017 album cover.
“Reputation,” which came out in November 2017, was very different from Swift’s other music, but — like all her albums — it was a huge hit, selling 1.3 million copies in its first week.
The “Anti-Hero” singer’s latest rerecording, “1989 (Taylor’s Version),” came out in October 2023 and had the best first week sales for any album since 2015, even more than 2022’s “Midnights” — which got six Grammy nominations Sunday.