The Rhythm Best of drums 2014 polls have received over 34,000 votes, and we're now ready to roll out the winners. The nominees were what we considered to be the drummers and gear that have excelled in 2014. Here, we present the best percussionists of 2014. First up we have Trilok Gurtu.
2014 highlight: A busy and varied year on the road for Trilok this year supporting latest album Spellbound.
2014 highlight: after a busy couple of years, including her performance at the 2012 Olympic opening ceremony, in 2014 Dame Evelyn turned her focus on Perpetual Motion - a collection of 10 short piano pieces for young players.
2014 highlight: Pete has spent the latter part of the year mixing and recording for two new collaborative albums, one with Tabla master Fazal Qureshi and the other with LA based drum guru, Russ Miller.
2014 highlight: As well as his usual duties with Foo Fighters, Hester contributed to Taylor Hawkins' ace '70s inspired album with side-project Birds Of Satan.
2014 highlight: Undoubtedly his contribution to Kate Bush's triumphant London residency, performing alongside drum maestro Omar Hakim.
2014 highlight: Alex continues to perform and educate, as well as assisting his endorsing companies - such as Gon Bops - develop new products.
2014 highlight: Celebrating 40 years in the music industry, the percussion princess released her autobiography The Beat Of My Own Drum.
It's not often a new name emerges to topple the heavyweights of percussion, but a surprise surge from the man who's been adding colour to Chad Smith's funky beats with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, as well as Flea and Thom Yorke's experimental rock outfit Atoms For Peace, pushed him ahead of stalwarts Sheila E and Alex Acuña.