DownBeat’s Male Vocalist of the Year for 2009!

Once again, Kurt Elling has been named Male Vocalist of the Year in the DownBeat Critics Poll and in its Readers Poll. It’s a clean sweep!
The 74th Readers Poll results are in the December 2009 issue of DownBeat.

Kurt Elling: 604 votes
Tony Bennett: 519 votes
Bobby McFerrin: 347 votes
Mark Murphy: 190 votes
Joao Gilberto: 183 votes

Critics Poll results were announced in the August issue.

This is the fifth year Kurt has topped the DownBeat Readers Poll, winning in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, and now 2009.

He’s won the top spot in the Critics Poll ten years in a row, ever since 2000.

As always, hearty congratulations, Kurt!