Taylor Swift Announces Her Upcoming Album, The Tortured Poets Department, at the 2024 Grammys

Well, that took a turn! Just when we thought Taylor Swift was about to announce that Reputation (Taylor’s Version) was dropping at the 2024 Grammys, she turned the tables, instead breaking the news that a totally new album is coming soon.

“Okay, this is my 13th Grammy, which is my lucky number—I don’t know if I had ever told you that,” she joked onstage, accepting her award for Best Pop Vocal Album, for 2022’s Midnights. “I want to say thank you to the fans by telling you a secret that I’ve been keeping from you for the last two years, which is that my brand-new album comes out on April 19. It’s called The Tortured Poets Department.”

She released the cover art moments later on Instagram.

It’s all really a very T-Swift move. (Remember when she announced she was dropping Midnights onstage at the 2022 VMAs?)

Despite the shock of the announcement, fans are still hoping that Reputation (TV) drops soon, as it’s been a long time coming.

Since the record-breaking singer’s legal feud over her master recordings with record executive Scooter Braun began in 2019 (explained here), she has been diligently rerecording her first six studio albums. Reputation is the sixth, and for months, she has been dropping Easter eggs that it was on its way.

At the Golden Globes last month, Swift made an appearance in a bright green sequin Gucci gown designed by Sabato De Sarno. Stunning as the custom piece was, what Swifties quickly noticed first was how Reputation-coded it was—as green, a traditional color for snakes, is often associated with the vengeful album. To add fuel to the fire, Swift styled the dress with metallic green Christian Louboutin heels and added some shimmer with De Beers jewelry, including cascading diamond earrings and a ring that coiled around her finger—like a snake.

After the award show, the pop star has since dropped even more Reputation Easter eggs. On an outing with good friend Blake Lively, for example, she wore a scrunchy green velvet minidress (again with the green), which she paired with pointy thigh-high calf leather boots from Jimmy Choo’s latest collaboration with Jean Paul Gaultier. Decorating the boots was hand-drawn tattoo-style art that included—wait for it—snakes. And, she added on some wraparound (like snakes!) rings just to really get her point across.

Swift has now released four rerecorded albums—Fearless (Taylor’s Version) and Red (Taylor’s Version in 2021), and Speak Now (Taylor’s Version) and 1989 (Taylor’s Version) in 2023. The only ones left are Reputation and her 2006 debut album, Taylor Swift, as she owns the master rights to her albums from 2019’s Lover on.

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Rosa Sanchez is the senior news editor at Harper’s Bazaar, working on news as it relates to entertainment, fashion, and culture. Previously, she was a news editor at ABC News and, prior to that, a managing editor of celebrity news at American Media. She has also written features for Rolling Stone, Teen Vogue, Forbes, and The Hollywood Reporter, among other outlets.