The Academy of Country Music’s charity foundation ACM Lifting Lives, CMT, GLAAD and country star Ty Herndon have announced the lineup for the annual Concert for Love & Acceptance event in Nashville.
This year’s show will take place on June 30, and stream online due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Artists set to perform are Lauren Alaina, Terri Clark, Rita Wilson, Dennis Quaid, Billy Gilman, Lewis Brice and Kalie Shorr—in addition to country icon Tanya Tucker. Herndon, Kristin Chenoweth and Cody Alan will share hosting duties, while both Mickey Guyton and actor/producer/director Matt Bomer will make special appearances.
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“This show just gets better and better each year, and while we would rather be doing it as a live event in Nashville, we know that we have the opportunity to reach so many more people with our message of love and acceptance through this one-time online format. And, of course, our message takes on an especially elevated meaning this year in light of all that is happening around us. Our hope is that on this night we can all stand together in unity as one,” Herndon said in a press statement.
“GLAAD is proud to have been Ty Herndon’s partner in this groundbreaking endeavor since 2015, and as we press on through this very difficult moment in the health and safety of our nation, LGBTQ Americans are especially vulnerable—including LGBTQ youth who may be isolating in homes that are not accepting of them,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, President & CEO of GLAAD. “Many of them—and their families—are country music fans, and this event will send affirming messages of support and encouragement around the globe.”
For the third year in a row, CMT returns as Presenting Partner of the event, with Cody Alan reprising his role as co-host—one he’s held for the past four years. Country music fans will recognize him as the face and host of CMT Hot 20 Countdown, After MidNite and CMT Radio Live.
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Excited to be co-hosting the 2020 Concert for Love & Acceptance June 30th! This world could use a little more❤️ and we plan to bring it. I can’t believe that my face is next to Kristin Chenoweth on this post! She’s amazing + my mega talented friend Ty Herndon + our 1st performer, Tanya Tucker! Best of all, enjoy from your couch. Proud 🌈 without the crowd!! Thanks to @CMT for always supporting. I love my loving CMT “Home Team”. For tickets to join us *link in bio* All to benefit ACM Lifting Lives, GLAAD & Ty’s “Foundation for Love & Acceptance”. It’s going to be an awesome night! *link in bio*
“This event has become one of the most meaningful events of the year for me, not only for the vital causes the show supports, but also because of the generosity of the talent who support inclusion in the Country-community,” the well-known veteran producer and programmer shared. “I’m thrilled to be back representing CMT, with the added bonus of bringing the show into country fans’ living rooms. Proud without the crowd!”
ACM Lifting Lives joins as an event partner for the first time this year, and will be allocating proceeds to its initiatives.
“ACM Lifting Lives is honored to join forces with Ty and the Concert for Love and Acceptance,” said Lyndsay Cruz, Executive Director of ACM Lifting Lives. “We’re honored to support the message of creating a more accepting environment and jumped at the opportunity to help inspire awareness, and healing, through the power of music.”
The Concert for Love & Acceptance will be live-streamed on YouTube, Facebook, and at F4LA.org/concert on June 30. More special appearances and performances are expected to be announced later.