Last year, with the global pandemic decimating the arts industry around the world, we decided not to hold our annual Artists of the Year awards. Although COVID is still with us, and restrictions and lockdowns continue to wreak havoc on the arts, artists have managed to be inventive and resilient, creating exciting, innovative work for digital platforms as well as performing live and continuing to record. And so we felt that as a sign of support for the wonderful work that artists have been able to create in 2021, we would once again celebrate the Limelight Australian and International Artists of the Year, despite the cancellations and postponements caused by the coronavirus.
As in recent years, we will be presenting both Critics’ and People’s Choice Awards. Our critics have voted to create a shortlist of 40 outstanding artists and ensembles – 20 from Australia and 20 from overseas. (For these awards, an international artist who leads an Australian orchestra, ensemble or arts company is considered an Australian artist.) The nominees include performers, composers, conductors, directors, artistic directors and ensembles, working in music, opera and theatre.
So who would you like to see recognised for their work in 2021? We are asking our readers to vote for the Australian and international artists that have thrilled them most. The announcement of the winners will be made in our December 2021 magazine, available online from 22 November, 2021.
Vote for your five favourites in each category and you could win a copy of Sony’s Birgit Nilsson Edition: The Great Live Recordings, a 31CD box set valued at $190.
Voting closes on Sunday 17 October at 11:59pm AEDT.
Full list of nominees
Melbourne Digital Concert Hall
Eryn Jean Norvill