Kacey Musgraves Dominates Nashville Scene Poll

Brandy Clark, Ashley Monroe Also Get Respect From Country Music Critics

Kacey Musgraves, Brandy Clark and Ashley Monroe emerged as the favorites in the Nashville Scene’s 14th annual country music critics poll.

Given their critical acclaim and high visibility in the media, it’s probably not surprising that the three singer-songwriters commanded the respect of 98 country music writers from throughout the nation. They all ranked near the top in several categories reported in this week’s issue of the Nashville Scene, a weekly publication.

Musgraves, Clark and Monroe landed at the top of several categories, including new acts, albums and artists of the year.

CMT personality Katie Cook counts down some of the past year’s most memorable music when CMT Presents Nashville Scene Country Music Critics’ Poll Singles of the Year airs Sunday (Jan. 26) at 9 a.m. ET/PT.

A full list of the poll winners is available from the Nashville Scene’s website , but here’s a tally of the Top 10 albums, singles, artists and songwriters.

1. Kacey Musgraves, Same Trailer Different Park
2. Brandy Clark, 12 Stories
3. Ashley Monroe, Like a Rose
4. Jason Isbell, Southeastern
5. Pistol Annies, Annie Up
6. Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, Old Yellow Moon
7. The Mavericks, In Time
8. Sturgill Simpson, High Top Mountain
9. Holly Williams, The Highway
10. Vince Gill and Paul Franklin, Bakersfield

1. Kacey Musgraves, “Follow Your Arrow” 2. Miranda Lambert, “Mama’s Broken Heart” 3. Kacey Musgraves, “Merry Go ’Round” 4. Kacey Musgraves, “Blowin’ Smoke” 5. Darius Rucker, “Wagon Wheel” 6. Brandy Clark, “Stripes” 7. The Band Perry, “Better Dig Two” 8. Pistol Annies, “Hush Hush” 9. Tim McGraw with Keith Urban and Taylor Swift, “Highway Don’t Care” 10. Ashley Monroe, “Weed Instead of Roses”

Artists of the Year
1. Kacey Musgraves
2. Ashley Monroe
3. Brandy Clark
4. Jason Isbell
5. Miranda Lambert
6. Taylor Swift
7. The Mavericks
8. Willie Nelson 9. Luke Bryan 10. Brad Paisley

Male Vocalists
1. Jason Isbell
2. Alan Jackson 3. Gary Allan 4. Blake Shelton 5. George Strait 6. Keith Urban
7. Raul Malo 8. Sturgill Simpson
9. Vince Gill
10. Chris Stapleton

Female Vocalists
1. Kacey Musgraves
2. Ashley Monroe
3. Miranda Lambert
4. Brandy Clark
5. LeAnn Rimes 6. Patty Griffin 7. Carrie Underwood 8. Emmylou Harris
9. Holly Williams
10. Valerie June

Duos and Groups
1. Pistol Annies
2. The Band Perry
3. Little Big Town 4. The Mavericks
5. Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell
6. Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison
7. Zac Brown Band 8. Lady Antebellum 9. The Lone Bellow
10. Vince Gill and Paul Franklin

New Acts
1. Kacey Musgraves
2. Brandy Clark
3. Ashley Monroe
4. Sturgill Simpson
5. Charlie Worsham 6. Valerie June
7. The Lone Bellow
8. Chris Stapleton
9. Hunter Hayes (tie)
9. The Howlin’ Brothers (tie)

Live Acts
1. Taylor Swift
2. The Mavericks
3. Keith Urban
4. Miranda Lambert
5. Eric Church 6. Brad Paisley
7. Zac Brown Band
8. Jason Isbell
9. Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell
10. George Strait

1. Brandy Clark
2. Kacey Musgraves
3. Jason Isbell
4. Shane McAnally
5. Ashley Monroe
6. Steve Earle 7. Holly Williams
8. Guy Clark 9. Patty Griffin
10. Taylor Swift

1. Bob Dylan, The Bootleg Series Vol. 10: Another Self Portrait (1969-1971)
2. Bottle Rockets, Bottle Rockets/The Brooklyn Side
3. Buck Owens, Honky Tonk Man
4. Townes Van Zandt, High, Low and In Between
5. Don Rich, Don Rich Sings George Jones
6. Steve Earle, The Warner Bros Years
7. Townes Van Zandt, Sunshine Boy
8. Buck Owens, Buck ’Em
9. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Will the Circle Be Unbroken
10. George Jones, The Complete United Artists Solo Singles