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2009 Best Music Poll Winners


Best Breakthrough Act in National

Bon Iver


After we assembled Phoenix and WFNX staffers to establish our “Breakthrough Act” nominees, we collectively assumed that Lady Gaga would trounce the field. And we would’ve been fine with that: she’s good at what she does — catchy over-the-top dance pop — and there’s a big audience for it (us, for starters). But we were delighted to see indie-folkie Bon Iver — a/k/a Justin Vernon — pull off this upset. You responded to the tender, wintry ballads delivered by Vernon in an aching, earnest falsetto on For Emma, Forever Ago (Jagjaguwar). And the well-worn story of For Emma’s creation (he secluded himself in a cabin in the Wisconsin wilderness) and his rugged good looks probably didn’t hurt either. One more note: we’d love to acknowledge write-in runners-up “Brew,” but we have no idea what those voters are talking about. It could be the “Masschusetts-based quartet” the Brew, as identified by a MySpace page. Or beer.

1_Lady Gaga
2_Fleet Foxes

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