Frances Preston Honored by Country Stars

Vince Gill, Sheryl Crow and Brenda Lee led a long list of celebrities and music industry executives who gathered Tuesday night (Sept. 18) as Country Music Hall of Fame member Frances Preston was honored with the Leadership Music Dale Franklin Award. Leadership Music is a Nashville-based organization dedicated to greater communication and education within the music industry, and the award recognizes Preston’s contributions to the music industry throughout her career. Now retired, Preston served as president and CEO of BMI from 1986 until 2004 after joining the performance rights organization in 1958 and opening its regional office in Nashville. Gill hosted the sold-out event at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center that also featured appearances by Alabama lead vocalist Randy Owen, Sam Moore and Gary Morris, along with video messages from Dolly Parton, Al Gore and music executive Clive Davis.