Limelight Magazine's critics have created a shortlist of 40 outstanding musicians and ensembles – 20 Australian and 20 international artists – for the annual Limelight Artists of the Year Awards. Vote for your three favourites in each category below.

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* 1. Vote for Australian Artist of the Year

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Alexander Briger (conductor)
Nicole Car (soprano)
Deborah Cheetham (composer, soprano)
Sir Andrew Davis (conductor)
Helena Dix (soprano)
Diana Doherty (oboist)
Asher Fisch (conductor)
Erin Helyard (conductor, keyboardist)
Elena Kats-Chernin (composer)
James Ledger (composer)
Alexander Lewis (tenor)
Omega Ensemble
Alondra de la Parra (conductor)
Pinchgut Opera
Jessica Pratt (soprano)
David Robertson (conductor)
Stuart Skelton (heldentenor)
Kathryn Stott (Artistic Director, pianist)
Sydney Chamber Opera
Carl Vine (Artistic Director, composer)

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* 2. Vote for International Artist of the Year

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Gun-Brit Barkmin (soprano)
Isabelle Faust (violinist)
Vivica Genaux (mezzo-soprano)
Kirill Gerstein (pianist)
Ermonela Jaho (soprano)
Kronos Quartet
Lise Lindstrom (soprano)
Leigh Melrose (baritone)
Nico Muhly (composer)
Jessye Norman (soprano)
Víkingur Ólafsson (pianist)
Andreas Ottensamer (clarinettist)
Kirill Petrenko (conductor)
Donald Runnicles (conductor)
Sir András Schiff (pianist)
Nina Stemme (soprano)
Ludovic Tezier (baritone)
Yuja Wang (pianist)
Eva-Maria Westbroek (soprano)
Jaap van Zweden (conductor)

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