Taylor Swift announces new studio album as she wins 13th Grammy award

Taylor Swift has announced a brand-new album while picking up her 13th Grammy award.

The pop superstar, 34, said her 11th studio album, titled The Tortured Poets Department, will be released on April 19 during her acceptance speech after she won best pop vocal album for Midnights.

Swift fans had been speculating online if the singer-songwriter would announce new music during the ceremony, which is being held at the Crypto.com arena in Los Angeles, as she has made other announcements at previous awards shows.

Earlier in the day, she made her Instagram profile picture black and white and changed her bio to “I’m the problem, it’s me”, leading Swifties to think ‘Taylors Version’ of her 2017 album Reputation was on the way.

The singer has been undergoing the ambitious task of re-recording her first six albums to regain control of her master recordings.

After picking up the Grammy award, she said: “Okay this is my 13th Grammy. Which is my lucky number… if I’ve ever told you that.

“I know that the way the Recording Academy voted is a direct reflection of the passion from the fans.

“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 19, it’s called the Tortured Poets Department, I’m going to go and post the cover right now back stage, thank you I love you.”

The cover of the album features a black and white photo of Swift lounging on a bed in a black top and shorts.

“All’s fair in love and poetry… New album The Tortured Poets Department. Out April 19”, she wrote alongside the post.

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Taylor Swift arrives at the 66th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

The 2024 Grammys could feature more surprise moments for Swift, as she has the potential to make history as the first person to win album of the year four times.

The pop megastar is the first and only female solo artist to win the award three times, tied with Frank Sinatra, Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder, but could make history with her album Midnights.

She previously won the award for Fearless in 2009, again six years later for 1989, and most recently for Folklore in 2020.

The singer will also be looking to rid the record of most-nominated artist to never win the award for song of the year, having landed her seventh nomination in the category for track Anti-Hero this year.

In total, Swift landed six Grammy award nominations including nods for best pop solo performance and record of the year for Anti-Hero, and best pop vocal album for Midnights.

It comes after the US singer-songwriter embarked on the highest-grossing tour of all time and released a film of that tour titled Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour, which sparked a ticket-buying frenzy.

She was also named Time’s person of the year, re-released her blockbuster album 1989 (Taylor’s version) – which had the biggest opening week for any album released last year in the UK – and kept the gossip industry afloat with her new relationship with Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce.

The star NFL player, 34, announced he would not be attending the Grammy’s to support Swift ahead of the Super Bowl, after the Chiefs beat the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.