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Why did Taylor Swift pull “Fearless (Taylor’s Version)” from Grammys contention?

Why did Taylor Swift pull “Fearless (Taylor’s Version)” from Grammys contention?

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The singer won’t be submitting her recently re-recorded sophomore album to the Country Music Association Awards as well.

Despite seeing commercial and critical success, Taylor Swift’s “Fearless (Taylor’s Version) won’t be in the running for any awards in this year’s Grammys and CMA Awards, Billboard reported first on Tuesday.

“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 representative of Republic Records, Swift’s music label, said to 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.”

The representative also told Billboard that even though Swift’s re-recorded sophomore album is out of contention at the aforementioned award shows, Evermore, the 31-year-old singer’s most recent album, will still be submitted to the Grammys “for consideration in all eligible categories.” 

For Swift’s camp, selecting a rightful contender makes space for voters to set their sights on Evermore, rather than potentially splitting votes between two projects.

Should Evermore win Album of the Year in this year’s edition of the Grammys, then it will be the country singer’s fourth win in the category, and will follow the footsteps of its predecessor from five months before, Folklore

Fearless (Taylor’s Version), which dropped last April, helped Swift surpass the record previously held by The Beatles for the fastest climb to the top of the UK Charts at just 259 days.

The re-recorded album came as a result of a longstanding battle with her previous label who used to own the masters of all her music. Next on the agenda is releasing her version of her 2012 banger, Red, which is due to come out on November 19.

The Recording Academy, which presents the Grammys and the Country Music Association Awards, is yet to issue a statement regarding Swift’s decision to pull her album from consideration.

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