Sir Paul McCartney, violinist Kennedy (who dropped his first name, Nigel), saxophonist Jan Garbarek and soprano Charlotte Church are among the nominees for the first Classical Brit Awards.
The British Phonographic Industry announced the nominations last week. The Brit Awards were instituted to recognize achievements of classical musicians. A televised ceremony is set for London's Royal Festival Hall on May 6.
Performers will include Church, mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli and tenor Andrea Bocelli, all accompanied by the English Chamber Orchestra conducted by James Judd.
As the nominations suggest, the specially commissioned awards will be presented to both established and up-and-coming artists.
Former Beatles bassist McCartney was nominated for his 1999 Working Classical album.