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Taylor Swift holds Fearless re-recording back from awards to give Evermore a chance

By | Published on Wednesday 21 July 2021

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Taylor Swift will not be putting forward the re-recorded version of her ‘Fearless’ album for the Grammys and Country Music Association Awards this year. Why? Well, she just got so many bloody awards for that collection of songs already. Plus, she’s released so many albums recently, she doesn’t want to dilute her votes by putting too many forward for consideration.

‘Fearless (Taylor’s Version)’ is, of course, the first in a series of re-record releases from Swift – ie new versions of old albums – which she is mainly putting out to spite her former label Big Machine, and its brief owner Scooter Braun.

She presented this as a means of allowing fans to listen to those songs without putting money in the pocket of her nemesis, ie Braun. Although it also means that she can offer her own recordings of those earlier tracks to TV and film producers looking to sync the music, cutting the owners of the original master recordings out of the equation entirely. She has been vetoing sync requests on her Big Machine releases – via her control of the song copyrights – since Braun took ownership of the label in 2019.

Just because she’s disowned those original recordings though, doesn’t mean that she’s taken all the awards they garnered off her shelves. There are just so flippin many of them. And wouldn’t it be nice for her most recent original album, ‘Evermore’, to have some up there too?

“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”, a Republic Records spokesperson tells Billboard. “‘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”.

‘Evermore’ will be submitted in every single category that it is eligible for at the Grammys. And without another Swift album to distract people, it’ll probably do pretty well. Will it win as many as the original ‘Fearless’? Well, we’ll see.