A tip of our metaphorical cowboy hat to our Nashville cohorts, who've unveiled their annual country critics' poll and further underscored the supremacy of Brad, Miranda, Taylor, and Jamey. "With Paisley and Lambert, Swift and Johnson completed the Mount Rushmore of country music's near future," writes poobah Geoffrey Himes. "Four relatively young singer-songwriters who are inventing new ways to mix carefree jokes and reluctant confessions, twanging guitar and banging drums. It's been a while since the prospects for hillbilly music looked so bright." Results are here.