A spokeswoman for Republic Records confirmed on Tuesday that Taylor Swift will not be submitting Fearless (Taylor’s Version), her 2021 re-recording of her 2008 record, for consideration at the next Grammy and CMA Awards.
Swift will submit her December 2020 album “Evermore” for consideration in all eligible categories, allowing her new album to take centre stage rather than potentially splitting votes. The album debuted at Number One on the Rolling Stone Top 200 Albums chart five months after her Grammy-winning LP Folklore and returned to Number One in June following its vinyl release. According to an MRC Data report, it is still the year’s best-selling vinyl album.
Fearless (Taylor’s Version) is the first of six planned album re-recordings revealed following Scooter Braun’s purchase of Swift’s former label, “Big Machine Records,” which owns the masters of her first six albums, in 2019. Braun’s Ithaca Holdings sold the masters to Shamrock Holdings last year.