The Ninth Annual Nashville Scene Country Music Critics Poll: The Charts vs. the Critics 

To find out which country acts combined commercial and critical success, we compared Billboard magazine's year-end chart of the Top Country Artists to the voting in the Nashville Scene's Country Music Critics Poll for Artist of the Year.

Some acts combined commercial and critical success...
Artist         Billboard       Critics Poll
Taylor Swift   1   6

Carrie Underwood   2   13

Sugarland   3  2

George Strait   4  8

Kenny Chesney   6   10

Brad Paisley   8   4

Alan Jackson   10   5

Keith Urban   12   12

Tim McGraw   13   18

...and others didn't.
Artist     Billboard     Critics Poll
Jamey Johnson   N/A   1

Robert Plant/Alison Krauss   N/A   3

Lee Ann Womack   N/A   7

Miranda Lambert  N/A   9

Willie Nelson   N/A   11

Hayes Carll   N/A   14

Rodney Crowell   N/A   15

Rascal Flatts   5   N/A

Eagles   7   N/A

Garth Brooks   11   N/A

Montgomery Gentry   14   44

Trace Adkins   15   44


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