Does Taylor Swift’s ‘Red (Taylor’s Version)’ Qualify for a Grammy? – Billboards

There has been some uncertainty about whether Taylor Swift has Red (Taylor’s version) would qualify for the 65th Annual Grammy Awards. If qualified, the album would be a strong contender for nominations for both Album of the Year and Best Country Album.



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The album includes new recordings of 16 songs that first appeared on the standard version of Swift’s 2012 album. Red, was nominated in both categories nine years ago. The album also includes new recordings of 14 other songs that did not appear on the standard version of the original album.

Mystery deepens on Thursday as Academy posts “Rules and Guidelines” online handbook. As a general rule for album eligibility, it says: “Updated, modified, or expanded versions of previously submitted albums will not be eligible.”

Does that mean Red (Taylor’s version) is out?

On Friday (July 15), to answer questions from BillboardsThe Recording Academy said that Swift’s album would qualify, “because it’s a new record.”

The Academy does not have to rule on whether Swift’s previously re-recorded album, Fearless (Taylor’s version), would be eligible because Swift did not participate for the award. She had another album, Always, during last year’s controversy. Prize-savvy artists (and Swift certainly) know that Rule 1 of the awarding game isn’t about competing against yourself.

Turned out, Always ended with a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year, but only after the Academy expanded the number of Album of the Year nominations from eight to 10. (The expansion has yielded Always and Kanye West’s Donda controversy, a fact that the Academy reluctantly confirmed Billboards after New York Times made the statement in a story about the expansion.)

If Red (Taylor’s version) was among 10 nominations for Album of the Year when the 65th Annual Grammy Awards nominations were announced on November 15, which would be Swift’s fifth nomination in that category. That puts her only one album behind Barbra Streisand as the female artist with the most Album of the Year nominations.

Swift’s last year album nominees are Not fear (won), Red, 1989 (won), Folklore (won) and Always.

Red (Taylor’s version) will be the first album re-recording by an artist nominated for Album of the Year. But other situations are similar.

Frank Sinatra won the 1966 Album of the Year award for A man and his music, a two-disc collection of re-records of his classic hits, many of which he originally recorded for his previous labels, RCA, Columbia, and Capitol. Sinatra curated re-records of hits from his previous albums for Reprise Records and also re-recorded three songs specifically for the project.

Nat King Cole received a 1961 nomination for Album of the Year for a multi-disc set The Nat King Cole Story. The reason for the re-recording in this case was not a label licensing issue (he’s always been a Capitol Records artist), but sound quality. He wanted to present his recordings, some of which date back to the 1940s, in stereo.

Two recordings of Jesus Christ Superstar was nominated for Album of the Year. The two-disc rock opera featuring Ian Gillan, Murray Head and Yvonne Elliman, which topped the Billboard 200 for three consecutive weeks in 1971, was nominated for an award in 1971. The album by the Broadway cast, featuring Ben Vereen and Elliman were nominated for the 1972 award.

This will be the third year in a row that Swift has been nominated for Album of the Year. As noted above, she won the 2020 award for Folklore and nominated for the 2021 award for Always. She is vying to be the first artist to have three consecutive nominations in this category since Lady Gaga, who was nominated for the award in 2009 for her debut album, The famous; 2010 award for her eight-song EP, I can’t speak English; and the 2011 award for her second year album, Born this way.

Red (Taylor’s version) may also be nominated for Best Country Album (only five nominations). This will be Swift’s fourth nomination in that category. Only three female soloists received four or more nods in that category – Trisha Yearwood (eight), Miranda Lambert (six, count one with Pistol Annies) and Faith Hill (four). Does Taylor Swift’s ‘Red (Taylor’s Version)’ Qualify for a Grammy? – Billboards

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