Taylor Swift has removed her “Taylor’s Version” of her newly re-recorded Fearless album from being considered for a Grammy Award or a CMA Award.
Taylor’s record label told Billboard in a statement, “Taylor Swift will not be submitting Fearless (Taylor’s Version) in any category at this year’s upcoming Grammy and CMA Awards. Fearless has already won four Grammys including album of the year, as well as the CMA Award for album of the year in 2009/2010 and remains the most awarded country album of all time.”
The statement goes on to add that Swift’s ninth studio album, Evermore, released in December 2020, will be submitted to the Grammys for consideration in all eligible categories. Swift’s decision leaves room for voters to focus on Evermore, rather than potentially split their votes between the two projects.
The surprise album, which came out five months after Swift’s Grammy album of the year winner Folklore, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Evermore returned to No. 1 this June for a fourth non-consecutive week, making Swift the artist with the third-most weeks at No. 1 on the all-genre album chart behind The Beatles and Elvis Presley.
Swift remade Fearless after Scooter Braun’s 2019 purchase of her former label, Big Machine Label Group, which includes the rights to her first six albums.