The revival of Nine, whose original score earned Yeston a Tony in 1982, was named Best Revival of a Musical at this year's celebration. Yeston currently serves as moderator of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, a forum that pairs composers and lyricists and prepares them for careers in musical theatre. His other credits include Titanic, which was named Best Musical Score in 1997, and the Tony-nominated musical Grand Hotel.
Additionally, BMI congratulates John Waters, director and producer of the 1988 original film, Hairspray. The Broadway rendition dominated this year's ceremony, taking home eight Tony Awards, including statuettes for Best Musical and Best Original Score. As a BMI composer, Waters' additional film achievements include Pink Flamingos, Pecker, and most recently, Cecil B. DeMented.