Gabrielle Cavassa and Tawanda Suessbrich-Joaquim are the winners of the 2021 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition.

It’s the first time in the contest’s nine-year history that it has ended in a tie. Each of the winners took home the $5,000 prize.

The four finalists, selected from more than 600 submissions, performed live with the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s house trio in front of the competition’s panel of judges and a strictly limited audience on Sunday evening. The event was streamed on the NJPAC’s Facebook page.