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Taylor Swift Pulls 'Fearless (Taylor's Version)' From Grammy & CMA Awards Contention: Exclusive

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.

“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 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 Recording Academy, which presents the Grammys, and the Country Music Assn. declined to comment.

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, giving Swift eight consecutive No. 1 debuts. Evermore returned to No. 1 this June for a fourth nonconsecutive 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. According to MRC Data's midyear report, released July 13, Evermore is the top-selling vinyl album of the year, with more than 143,000 copies sold, and ranks No. 8 in terms of overall album consumption at 818,000 units.

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. Last year, Braun’s Ithaca Holdings sold the catalog to Shamrock Holdings.

Swift landed at No. 2 on Billboard’s Global Money Makers list, released Monday, with an estimated total income of $41.4 million.