In January 2010, NPR will launch a year-long exploration of 50 great voices in recorded history. The series isn't an attempt to catalog the so-called "greatest" singers. Instead, NPR hopes to discover and re-discover awe-inspiring vocalists from around the world and across time.
NPR asked you to nominate artists for the series and they received thousands of options. NPR and a panel of experts are in the process of whittling them down to about 100 singers — a mix of familiar names and surprising discoveries.
Explore some of the nominated voices below, choose five favorites you think should be included in the final 50 and tell us why.
Source: NPR / Updated: Nov 3, 2009