The 2021 Concert For Love & Acceptance has added Michael Ray, Lily Rose, Jake Hoot, Jamie Floyd, Paul Cardall and Cody Belew, as well as comedian Dana Goldberg to its growing lineup of artists and performers. In addition, former NFL quarterback Steve Young and his wife Barbara Graham Young, both advocates for LGBTQ equality and acceptance, will make a special appearance together in support of LGBTQ youth.
Set to take place on Wednesday, June 30, the event returns this year as a star-studded online event, co-hosted by Ty Herndon and CMT’s Cody Alan, who has hosted the event alongside Herndon since 2017. It will take place at 7 p.m. CST and be live-streamed exclusively on CMT’s Facebook and YouTube
Previously announced appearances and performances include Brothers Osborne, Kristin Chenoweth, Terri Clark, Brooke Eden, Harper Grae, Chris Housman, Kathy Mattea, Rissi Palmer, Gretchen Peters, Tenille Townes, Walker County, and Chase Wright.
Mattea will be honored during the evening with the second annual Foundation For Love & Acceptance R.A.L.Y. (Rescue A Life, Y’all) Award, presented by Herndon in recognition of her early advocacy for the LGBTQ community and HIV/AIDS awareness.
“Kathy Mattea was standing up for LGBTQ people and raising awareness about the HIV and AIDS epidemic long before it was cool — especially in the country music community. It’s an honor to give her the long-overdue recognition she deserves for being a pioneering ally and friend,” shares Herndon.
Herndon also announced this year’s Red Carpet Countdown, an online event that will feature additional appearances and performances in the two hours preceding the live concert that will stream online exclusively on his Facebook channel. Announced performances include ARLO, Jada Cato, Exit 216, Justin Fabus, The Kentucky Gentlemen, Brandon Stansell, and Jaime Wyatt with additional performances and appearances to be announced.