Fans were blindsided as they were sure the “Anti-Hero” singer was about to tease the release of Reputation-Taylor’s Version following the artist’s website being down ahead of the ceremony. But with Swift, no one knows what to expect and the pop star proved it once again by announcing The Tortured Poets Department, which will drop in April.
“I want to say thank you to the fans by telling you a secret I’ve been keeping for the past two years,” the artist said 90 minutes into the ceremony. “Which is that my brand new album comes out April 19, it’s called The Tortured Poets Department.”
This will be Swift’s 11th studio album, and the lengthy title immediately sparked criticism across Twitter, with many poking fun at the artist’s dramatic choice of words.
One of the largely talked-about comparisons was that to beloved Robin Williams’ film, Dead Poets Society, and even Travis Kelce, Swift’s beau, was catching strays.
More tweets referenced Kelce as the supposed “tortured poet” named in Swift’s album by bringing up the NFL player’s old tweets.
Some responded to the news by sharing gifs of popular reality TV shows, such as Real Housewives and RuPaul’s Drag Race.
Another X user thought the album title was akin to a Panic! At the Disco album, which could be a compliment or an insult, depending on who you’re asking.
While the album title may be an acquired taste to some, X users could agree on one thing: Miss Swift is dropping albums faster than you can say The Tortured Poets Department.