Taylor Swift officially launched her campaign to re-record her first six albums earlier this week with the announcement of Fearless (Taylor’s Version), raising questions regarding her eligibility at upcoming Grammy ceremonies. In a statement to Billboard, a Recording Academy spokesperson explained that re-recordings of Swift’s old songs, such as her new version of ‘Love Story’, will be eligible for performance categories, but not songwriting categories.
“Current eligibility guidelines would allow for the new performances and albums to be eligible if they were recorded within the last five years,” the statement reads. “However, none of the older songs would be eligible for songwriting awards.”
Fearless (Taylor’s Version) will also include six “never-before-released songs from the vault”, which will be eligible for both songwriting and performance categories. According to Billboard, “The new performances would be eligible in performance categories if they were recorded within the last five years. The songs would be eligible in songwriting categories if they are new songs (previously unreleased in any form).”
The original Fearless, which was released in 2008, won four Grammys, including Album of the Year and Best Country Album. Last year’s folklore received nominations in six categories at the upcoming Grammy Awards.