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World Music Torchbearer Award

About.com Readers' Choice Awards 2013

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The nominations have been tallied and the finalists have been selected for this years About.com World Music Readers' Choice Awards, where you get to weigh in on the 2013 World Music Torchbearer Award.

This award, one of two artist categories (the other is the World Music Trailblazer Award), is focused on artists or groups who work within a framework of traditional music. Nominees can be instrumentalists or vocalists, big bands or solo artists, composers or performers, or any of the above, but their music should be part of a deeply-focused cultural tradition; any deeply-focused cultural tradition -- as we mentioned before, these awards cover the broadest possible definition of the "what is world music" question.

The voting phase runs from February 19, 2013 to March 19, 2013, and each individual can vote once per category per day, so come back often, and tell all of your friends! Winners receive bragging rights and the knowledge that you, their fans, love them dearly.

To see all of this year's categories, a timeline, and other nuts and bolts, and vote for the other seven categories, visit the World Music Readers' Choice Awards information page.

So without further ado, here are this year's nominees!

Thank you so much for taking a moment to vote in these polls, and don't forget to encourage your friends and fellow fans to do so as well!

RELATED: 2012 World Music Readers' Choice Award Winners

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