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The 10th Annual Country Music Critics' Poll - The Results



  1. Miranda Lambert, Revolution (Columbia Nashville)
  2. Brad Paisley, American Saturday Night (Arista Nashville)
  3. Rosanne Cash, The List (Manhattan)
  4. Buddy & Julie Miller, Written in Chalk (New West)
  5. Willie Nelson & Asleep at the Wheel, Willie and the Wheel (Bismeaux)
  6. Patty Loveless, Mountain Soul II (Saguaro Road)
  7. George Strait, Twang (MCA Nashville)
  8. Justin Townes Earle, Midnight at the Movies (Bloodshot)
  9. Holly Williams, Here With Me (Mercury Nashville)
  10. Kris Kristofferson, Closer to the Bone (New West)
  11. Elvis Costello, Secret, Profane & Sugarcane (Hear Music)
  12. Todd Snider, The Excitement Plan (Yep Roc)
  13. Joe Nichols, Old Things New (Universal South)
  14. Keith Urban, Defying Gravity (Capitol Nashville)
  15. The Avett Brothers, I and Love and You (American)
  16. Steve Earle, Townes (New West)
  17. Ashley Monroe, Satisfied (Columbia Nashville)
  18. Dierks Bentley, Feel That Fire (Capitol Nashville)
  19. Loudon Wainwright, High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project (2nd Story Sound)
  20. Lyle Lovett, Natural Forces (Lost Highway)


  1. Miranda Lambert, "White Liar"
  2. Jamey Johnson, "High Cost of Living"
  3. Brad Paisley, "Welcome to the Future"
  4. Taylor Swift, "You Belong With Me"
  5. Lady Antebellum, "Need You Now"
  6. Miranda Lambert, "Dead Flowers"
  7. Billy Currington, "People Are Crazy"
  8. Lee Ann Womack, "Solitary Thinkin'"
  9. John Rich, "Shuttin' Detroit Down"
  10. Taylor Swift, "Fifteen"
  11. Brad Paisley, "Then"
  12. Zac Brown Band, "Toes"
  13. Brad Paisley, "American Saturday Night"
  14. Jamey Johnson, "In Color"
  15. Chris Young, "Gettin' You Home"
  16. Keith Urban, "Kiss a Girl"
  17. Luke Bryan, "Do I"
  18. Tim McGraw, "Southern Voice"
  19. Love and Theft, "Runaway"
  20. Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel, "Hesitation Blues"


  1. Dolly Parton, Dolly (RCA Nashville/Legacy)
  2. Hank Williams, Hank Williams Revealed: The Unreleased Recordings (Time-Life)
  3. Woody Guthrie, My Dusty Road (Rounder)
  4. The Jayhawks, Music from the North Country: The Jayhawks Anthology (American)
  5. Ray Charles, Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, Volumes 1 & 2 (Concord)
  6. Elvis Presley, From Elvis in Memphis (Legacy Edition) (RCA/Legacy)
  7. Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, The Tiffany Transcriptions (Collector's Choice)
  8. Randy Travis, I Told You So: The Ultimate Hits of Randy Travis (Warner Bros.)
  9. The Kentucky Headhunters, The Kentucky Headhunters Live/Agora Ballroom—Cleveland, Ohio—May 13, 1990 (Mercury Nashville)
  10. George Jones, A Good Year for the Roses: The Complete Musicor Recordings, 1965-1971, Pt. 2 (Bear Family)

Male Vocalists

  1. Brad Paisley
  2. George Strait
  3. Jamey Johnson
  4. Willie Nelson
  5. Joe Nichols
  6. Keith Urban
  7. Buddy Miller
  8. Toby Keith
  9. Darius Rucker (tie)
    Chris Young (tie)

Female Vocalists

  1. Miranda Lambert
  2. Patty Loveless
  3. Rosanne Cash
  4. Taylor Swift
  5. Lee Ann Womack
  6. Holly Williams
  7. Ashley Monroe
  8. Carrie Underwood
  9. Martina McBride
    Reba McEntire (tie)

Live Acts

  1. Taylor Swift
  2. Zac Brown
    Sugarland (tie)
    Keith Urban (tie)
  3. Brad Paisley
  4. Drive-By Truckers
  5. Kenny Chesney
    Jamey Johnson (tie)
    Toby Keith (tie)
    Willie Nelson (tie)

Duos and Groups

  1. Sugarland
  2. Zac Brown Band
  3. Buddy and Julie Miller
  4. Lady Antebellum
  5. Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel
  6. Dailey & Vincent
  7. Joey & Rory
  8. The Avett Brothers
  9. Brooks and Dunn
    The David Rawlings Machine (tie)
    Wilco (tie)


  1. Jamey Johnson
  2. Brad Paisley
  3. Taylor Swift
  4. Miranda Lambert
  5. Buddy and Julie Miller
  6. Todd Snider
  7. Ashley Monroe
  8. Justin Townes Earle
  9. Kris Kristofferson
  10. Guy Clark

New Acts

  1. Zac Brown
  2. Sarah Jarosz
  3. Darius Rucker
  4. Those Darlins
  5. Holly Williams
  6. Sara Watkins
  7. Randy Houser
  8. Ashley Monroe
  9. Justin Moore
    Gloriana (tie)
    Joey + Rory (tie)

Artists of the Year

  1. Brad Paisley
  2. Miranda Lambert
  3. Taylor Swift
  4. Keith Urban
  5. Zac Brown Band
  6. Jamey Johnson
  7. George Strait
  8. Buddy and Julie Miller
  9. Willie Nelson
  10. Sugarland

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