Taylor Swift Pulls New Version of “Fearless” From Awards Contention

Taylor Swift at the iHeartRadio Music Awards in 2019
Taylor Swift at the iHeartRadio Music Awards in 2019. Photo by Frank Micelotta/Fox/Picturegroup/REX/Shutterstock (10156351if)

Taylor Swift created quite a splash with the re-recorded version of her album Fearless, but she won’t be picking up any awards for this record. The singer herself decided to pull Fearless (Taylor’s Version) from contention at the upcoming Grammy and CMA Awards.

A statement by a Republic Records representative was shared by Billboard, and confirmed that Swift will not be submitting Fearless (Taylor’s Version) in any category at Grammy and CMA Awards after “careful consideration”. The decision was made because the original version of Fearless already won a Grammy and a CMA Award for the album of the year and remains the most awarded country album in history.

The original version of Fearless was released in 2008 as Swift’s second studio album and it cemented her status as a country superstar. It produced hit singles “Love Story”, “You Belong with Me”, “White Horse”, “Fifteen”, and “Fearless”, in addition to spending 11 weeks atop the Billboard 200 chart.

Fearless is the first album Swift re-recorded in an attempt to regain control of her masters after a highly public battle with her previous label Big Machine. Fearless (Taylor’s Version) was a huge commercial success and it debuted atop the Billboard 200 chart, becoming the first re-recorded album to do so.