Taylor Swift Withdraws ‘Fearless (Taylor’s Edition)’ from Grammy, CMA Awards Contention: Here’s Why

by Emily Morgan

Taylor Swift’s re-recorded version of Fearless won’t be up for any Grammys or CMA Awards after deciding not to submit the album for consideration.

“After careful consideration, Taylor Swift will not be submitting Fearless (Taylor’s Version) in any category at this year’s upcoming Grammy and CMA Awards,” according to a Republic Records representative. “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 added that Swift’s ninth studio album, Evermore, from December 2020, will be submitted for next year’s awards ceremonies. Fans believe her decision to pull Fearless from contention leaves room for voters to vote for Evermore, rather than worrying about choosing one of the two projects. 

The Recording Academy, which presents the Grammys, and the Country Music Awards, declined to comment on the issue. For Swifties, Evermore acted a surprise album, which came less than six months following Folklore— which took home the Grammy Award for Album of the Year.

Folklore also debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, giving Swift eight consecutive No. 1 debuts. Likewise, Evermore hit the No. 1 spot in June for a fourth non-consecutive week, making Taylor Swift the artist with the most weeks at No. 1 on the all-genre chart, following The Beatles and Elvis Presley. 

Taylor Swift Plans to Re-Record First Six Albums

According to MRC Data’s midyear report from July 13, Evermore is the top-selling vinyl album of the year, with more than 143,000 copies sold. It also comes in at No. 8 in terms of overall album sales at 818,000 units.

Taylor Swift reworked Fearless after Scooter Braun’s contentious 2019 purchase of her former label, Big Machine Label Group, which includes the rights to her first six albums of her career. 

She also plans to re-record and re-release her first six albums in order to have complete control over her music. Swift has been open about her opposition to Braun— and any other person or entity— from profiting from her recordings. She’s gone so far as to used her publishing rights to block people’s attempts to exploit her work. 

The pop icon hopes fans will listen to and buy the updated versions of her albums on streaming services. She hopes fans will bypass the originals, which ultimately profit Braun. 

In addition to the re-recording of Fearless, she’s also dropping a new version of her 2012 album Red in November.

Although her arena tours have dwindled due to the pandemic, Swift recently made Billboard history when she earned the No. 1 spot as the top-paid musician rankings without any concert revenue.

Earnings from Folklore and Evermore totaled $20.6 million in sales and streaming royalties, pushing her to the front of the pack.