Last year, with the global pandemic decimating the arts industry in Australia and 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 have wreaked havoc on the arts during 2021, artists have managed to be inventive and resilient, creating exciting, innovative work for digital platforms as well as performing live (when health regulations have allowed) while also continuing to record. And so we felt that as a sign of support for the wonderful work that artists have been able to create, we would celebrate the LimelightAustralian and International Artists of the Year, despite the cancellations, postponements and heartache caused by the coronavirus.
The votes are in, the judges have spoken . . . and here are the winners.