Is Taylor Swift announcing Speak Now (Taylor's Version) at The Grammys?
Los Angeles, California - As Swifties everywhere eagerly await the announcement of Speak Now (Taylor's Version), it seems that Taylor Swift is teasing the big confirmation sooner than expected!
The biggest night in the music industry is almost upon us, and the 33-year-old singer is now reportedly rumored to attend the 65th Annual Grammy Awards on February 5.
Swift is up for Song of the Year, Best Country Song, Best Song Written for Visual Media, and Best Music Video at this year's ceremony.
Though the Love Story singer is nominated primarily for her work on Red (Taylor's Version), fans are already looking to figure out which re-recording she's planning to drop next.
The Midnights era gave Swifties plenty of evidence that Speak Now (Taylor's Version) is coming next, but many are now also theorizing that Swift is planning to confirm the re-recording's release at Sunday's Grammys ceremony.
Why do fans think Taylor Swift will drop Speak Now (Taylor's Version) next?
To first highlight previously-established evidence, Swift strongly hinted that Speak Now's re-recording may be coming after Midnights with Easter eggs in the music videos for Bejeweled and Lavender Haze.
One major nod in the Bejeweled vid was an elevator with buttons representing each of her previous albums, with a 13th button placed after Midnights that was purple to match the third button, representing the original Speak Now, which was Swift's third studio album.
The same video also used instrumental versions of Enchanted and Long Live, both of which are on Speak Now.
As for Lavender Haze, the purple imagery obviously echoed the aesthetic of Speak Now, and the video featured animated koi fish that match the guitar Swift used on the album's respective tour.
With these hints in mind, on Thursday, Swifties noticed the addition of Speak Now-related GIFs on Instagram, which included one that reads, "Are you ready for Speak Now (Taylor's Version)?"
Another features the koi fish referenced in the Midnights-era music videos along with a line from the Speak Now track Story of Us that reads, "Next chapter!"
Though Swift nor her team have commented on the art, the artist behind the GIFs previously revealed that he was contacted to design for Swift's re-recording project, seemingly suggesting that they were commissioned by her team to promote the album.
Will Taylor Swift announce Speak Now (Taylor's Version) at the 2023 Grammys?
With all of these hints, it's a pretty safe bet that the Anti-Hero artist will re-release Speak Now next.
But why do Swifties suspect she'll announce it at the Grammys?
First, the Instagram GIFs certainly suggest that the announcement is imminent, as her team wouldn't have wanted them to drop too early.
Another potential hint about her next move comes from her past.
At last year's VMAs, she took everyone by surprise when she revealed that her next album would not be re-recording, but instead an all-new album titled Midnights.
If her last album was announced at an awards ceremony, it certainly stands to reason she'd do it again.
Though she hasn't been confirmed as a performer at the ceremony, some Swifties are choosing to manifest a potential announcement through the performance of an iconic Speak Now track.
"imagine if taylor swift announced speak now (taylor's version) by performing 'mean' at the grammys as a recreation of her iconic 2012 performance," one Swiftie wrote.
Another potential indication that the announcement would be as soon as Sunday is Swift's Instagram feed.
One Swiftie noticed that the singer has a tendency to transition between eras by introducing the color palette of the next era into the final posts of the previous era, and the recent promotion for Lavender Haze would certainly coincide well with a transition to Speak Now's iconic purple aesthetic.
Of course, being a Swiftie often means posing one unrealized theory after another, so Sunday may result in many fans accepting defeat once again.
However, there's some pretty serious evidence Speak Now is coming next, so even if the Grammy theories fall through, there's certainly still hope for Swifties.
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