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And the Biggest Country Artist of the Last 25 Years Is ...

Eat it, Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw, Toby Keith, Kenny Chesney, Shania Twain, Rascal Flatts, and any other act that would, at least at first look, be considered a legitimate contender for the title of biggest country artist of the last 25 years! In anticipation of the CMT Music Awards, Billboard took a look back through a quarter century of country music charts and declared George Strait — he of the 44 country No. 1's — king. Congrats, George. [Billboard]