In a unexpected move Taylor Swift has pulled Fearless (Taylor’s Version), her 2021 re-recorded album of her 2008 second studio release, from Grammy and CMA Awards contention.
According to her Republic Records representative “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.” “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 artist’s record label added that Swift’s ninth studio album, Evermore, released in December 2020, will be submitted to the Grammys for consideration in all eligible categories leaving room for voters to focus on Evermore, rather than potentially split their votes between the two projects.
The Recording Academy, which presents the Grammys, and the Country Music Association declined to comment.
The surprise album, which came out five months after Swift’s Grammy album of the year winner Folklore, debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 LP chart, the latest of eight eight consecutive No. 1 Swift debuts. Evermore returned to the top slot this June making the 31-year old the artist with the third-most weeks at #1 on the all-genre album chart behind The Beatles and Elvis Presley. Evermore is also the top-selling vinyl album of the year, with more than 143,000 copies sold.
Swift remade Fearless following Scooter Braun’s 2019 purchase of her former label, Big Machine Label Group, which included the rights to her first six albums. Braun’s Ithaca Holdings subsequently sold the catalog to Shamrock Holdings in 2020.
With an estimated total income of $41.4 million Taylor Swift came in at #2 on last week’s Billboard’ Global Money Makers list.