Rock music has had a bumper year. In 2016, fans of the hard stuff were treated to a riff-packed haul of great new albums and tours from rock's great and good, and a brief look at the diversity of guitarists shortlisted in this category gives an indication of just how rocking 2016 was.
From rock guitar icons still at the top of their game, to new contenders to the rock throne, which lord or lady of the riff gets your vote this year?
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