Pictured showing off their New York Heroes Awards are show host/songwriter/actor Dominic Chianese, Nile Rodgers, John Oates, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, Timbaland, Frances Preston, Rub�n Blades and Daryl Hall
Country music icon Willie Nelson presented Preston with the prestigious award, commenting that "Frances is always my hero." Nelson also gave a stellar performance of his classic, "Always On My Mind," in her honor.
The New York Heroes Awards recognize special individuals who have made significant contributions to the New York music community and the community at large. Through this celebration, funds are raised to support the New York Recording Academy Heroes Education Program. This important cultural initiative enables the New York Chapter to award scholarships to deserving high school and college students, and to provide professional development workshops and seminars for Chapter members, other recording industry professionals, and for those who aspire to a career in music.