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Artist of the Year,
Wadada Leo Smith (photo by Scott Groller/courtesy of Cuneiform Records)
Best Vocal Group: Tillery (photo courtesy of the artist)
Best Guitarist: Julian Lage (photo by Justin Camerer)
For this annual companion poll to last issue’s top 50 critic’s picks, more than 30 of our regular contributors participated in a survey based on our yearly readers’ poll. Voters were asked to focus on artists’ achievements during 2016 rather than assessing entire careers.
Winners are bolded; runners-up are listed below in order of number of points. An asterisk* denotes a tie. | Evan Haga, Editor