Sir Paul McCartney is among the 10 famous faces to be shortlisted for the nation's top living icon honour.
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Only three women appear - singer Kate Bush, fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood and model Kate Moss.
Other names vying for the top position are playwright Alan Bennett, actors Sir Michael Caine and Stephen Fry, and singers David Bowie and Morrissey.
Listeners of the BBC Two programme The Culture Show can vote for the winner, to be announced on 16 December.
"It's a striking list - no Queen, no Maggie, no JK Rowling, " said producer Edward Morgan.
"Best of all this is a totally open race. Any of the 10 could win," he added.
The shortlist of 10 was whittled down from a list of more than 500 people nominated by the BBC show's audience.