Nineties hit maker Ty Herndon and CMT are teaming up once more in support of country inclusivity, announcing the 2021 Concert for Love and Acceptance.
Expressing support for LGBTQ+ voices in country music and beyond, the star-studded event will once again be co-hosted by Herndon — who became the first major country artist to come out as gay in 2015. He was recently followed by Brothers Osborne front man TJ Osborne, and that Platinum-selling duo will lead a big lineup of performers and guests. Kristin Chenoweth, Terri Clark, Brooke Eden, Harper Grae, Chris Housman, LOCASH, Kathy Mattea, Rissi Palmer, Gretchen Peters, Tenille Townes, Walker County and Chase Wright are all on the bill as well, plus more to be announced.
This year’s Concert for Love and Acceptance will take place on June 30, and will be an online only event.
“I’m thrilled to be partnering with the dynamic team at CMT once again to bring the Concert for Love & Acceptance to a broad audience as musicians, actors, comedians, and more demonstrate their support for LGBTQ youth and artists in the country music community and beyond,” said Herndon in a press statement. “This event comes from my heart, and I hope it continues to resonate with people all around the world as we spread a message of acceptance for all people and work toward a world where only love remains.”
Beneficiaries from the fundraising concert include GLAAD, MusiCares and Nashville’s Oasis Center, with CMT’s Cody Alan returning as co-host for the fifth year. Alan also came out of the closet, doing so with a heartfelt announcement in 2017.
“It’s a privilege to return as co-host of the annual Concert For Love & Acceptance, whose mission is as important today as when it launched six years ago,” Alan said. “With dangerous and discriminatory legislation pending in our home state of Tennessee, the vocal support of the country music community is immeasurable in changing hearts and minds. I’m eager to again partner with Ty Herndon, CMT, GLAAD, and our new beneficiaries at MusiCares and Nashville’s Oasis Center to highlight the critical work to move LGBTQ+ rights forward.”
Ty Herndon and GLAAD created the first Concert for Love and Acceptance in 2015, and this year’s concert will be produced by Herndon’s charitable foundation — The Foundation for Love & Acceptance. For more information and ongoing updates, as well as to RSVP for the live online event, visit the Foundation for Love and Acceptance at www.F4LA.org.