The former, who has now received her tenth Classic BRIT nomination, will battle it out with Alison and Joyce DiDonato to retain her crown as female artist of the year.
Elsewhere, Nicola will compete with Friar Alessandro and Katherine Jenkins for the accolade of best album of the year.
The likes of Daniel Barenboim, the conductor who presided over Wagner’s Ring Cycle at the recent BBC Proms, Chinese pianist Lang Lang, and acclaimed tenor Jonas Kaufmann are all in the running for best male.
As previously announced, film composer Hans Zimmer will receive an outstanding contribution to music award.
Dickon Stainer, president of Decca Records and Barry McCann, Avie Records Director, co-chairmen of the Classic BRIT Awards committee, said: ‘This year’s Classic BRIT Awards will be a celebration of magnificent performances, virtuoso playing and global brilliance. We are proud that the Classic BRIT Awards, as the only televised classical awards show, continues to bring these very special performers and talent to a wider audience.’
The Classic BRIT Awards will take place on 2 October 2013 at the Royal Albert Hall and hosted for the sixth consecutive year by Myleene Klass.
The full list of nominations is below:
Female Artist of the Year
Male Artist of the Year
Breakthrough Artist of the Year
Tine Thing Helseth
Boris Giltburg – Prokofiev
War Sonatas Halle Orchestra, Choir & Youth Choir – Elgar
The Apostles John Wilson Orchestra – Rodgers & Hammerstein at the Movies
Jonas Kaufmann – Wagner
Outstanding contribution to music
Album of the Year
Andrea Bocelli – Opera Andre Rieu – Magic of The Movies
Friar Alessandro – Voice From Assisi
John Rutter/Catrin Finch – Blessing
Joseph Calleja – Be My Love: A Tribute To Mario Lanza
Katherine Jenkins – This Is Christmas Lang Lang
The Chopin Album Ludovico Einaudi – In A Time Lapse
Nicola Benedetti – The Silver Violin
Richard Clayderman – Romantique