Will Taylor Swift’s Re-Recordings of her Old Albums be Eligible for Grammys?
Taylor Swift announced on Thursday (Feb. 11) that she has re-recorded her blockbuster album Fearless and will release it as Fearless (Taylor’s Version).
The original Fearless, you’ll recall, did very well at the Grammy Awards, winning a total of four awards, including album of the year and best country album.
But would the re-recorded versions also be Grammy-eligible?
According to Billboard, it will be eligible for some Grammys categories, but not others. In a statement provided to the media company, a Recording Academy spokesperson said re-recorded tracks on Fearless (Taylor’s Version), such as her new recording of Love Story, would be eligible for performance categories, but not for songwriting awards. This is because the songs were previously released.
“Current eligibility guidelines would allow for the new performances and albums to be eligible if they were recorded within the last five years. However, none of the older songs would be eligible for songwriting awards,” the spokesperson told Billboard.
However, Swift has also promised six new songs on the forthcoming record. Because they’re previously unreleased, these songs would be eligible for both songwriting and performance categories.
These guidelines would presumably apply to the future album re-recordings that Swift plans on releasing.
Artists have won performance Grammys for re-recorded songs. In 1990, Roy Orbison won a performance award for the re-recording of his 1964 track Oh, Pretty Woman. Another example is Elton John, whose re-recording of Candle in the Wind in 1997 won him the Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.