American pop superstar Taylor Swift set another record Feb. 4, winning the Grammy award for album of the year for an unprecedented fourth time.
Swift also announced from the Grammys stage in Los Angeles that she would release a new album in April.
The 34-year-old won album of the year for Midnights, eclipsing music legends Frank Sinatra, Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder, who each claimed the prize three times.
Swift said she was thrilled by the honor and gushed about the fulfillment she feels from writing and singing songs. “It makes me so happy,” she said. “All I want to do is keep doing this.”
Earlier, Swift claimed the prize for best pop vocal performance and used the moment to announce that she will release The Tortured Poets Department on April 19.
“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,” Swift said as she disclosed the new album, which was made available for pre-sales during the Grammys telecast.
Swift was set to resume the world’s highest-grossing concert tour in Tokyo from Feb. 7.
The Japanese Embassy in Washington on Feb. 2 reassured her anxious fans in a statement on X, formerly Twitter, that Swift will reach Las Vegas in time to see her boyfriend, Travis Kelce, play in the Super Bowl on Feb. 11 after wrapping up her tour dates in Tokyo. (Reuters, Kyodo)