Sting and McCartney up for classical awards

British music legends Sting and Paul McCartney have successfully crossed from rock to classical music, after landing nominations for the Classical Brit Awards.

British music legends Sting and Paul McCartney have successfully crossed from rock to classical music, after landing nominations for the Classical Brit Awards.

A collection of the lute music created by the Police frontman and McCartney's oratorio will battle it out with more traditional artists for the Best Album award at next month's ceremony at London's Royal Albert Hall.

The pair's fate will be decided by listeners of British radio station Classic FM, who get to vote for the prize.

Other nominees for awards include glamorous Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins, Welsh tenor Bryn Terfel, Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti, Mexican tenor Rolando Villazon, and UK choir The Sixteen.

Hollywood music men John Williams and James Newton will battle it out for the Soundtrack Composer of the Year award, for their scores for Munich and The Village, respectively.

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