While the Kansas City Chiefs landed in Las Vegas ahead of the Super Bowl, Taylor Swift broke a Grammys record by becoming the first artist to win the Album of the Year Award four times. Swift also nearly broke the internet when she won the Best Pop Vocal Album award earlier in the evening.
Swift said in her acceptance speech, “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 April 19. It’s called, The Tortured Poets Department.”
Swift, who’s famously intentional about everything she says and writes, especially when discussing her music, didn’t make this announcement on a whim. By specifically mentioning this was a secret she’s kept for two years, Swift seemed to inform everyone that this album was made long before she started dating Travis Kelce.
With such a big spotlight on their romance and a well-documented history of many of her songs being inspired by past relationships, this might’ve been Swift’s way of removing such speculation over her new music.
While on break from her “Eras” concert tour, Swift has hit the recording studio numerous times. Is there a chance Swift wrote, recorded, and produced a new song since she first started dating Kelce in August?
— Variety (@Variety) February 5, 2024
If anyone could, it would be the now 14-time Grammy winner. Could previously written songs receive a last-minute flourish of Kelce inspiration? Maybe.
However, because Swift is so meticulous with her words and a genius storyteller, it’s hard to ignore her including a specific timeline in her album announcement.